Show ContentsHooten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the Hooten name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the settlement of Hooton, which is near Chester in Cheshire. The surname Hooten belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

"This place, in the Domesday Book, is included in the possessions of Richard de Vernon, the Norman Baron of Shipbrook, under whom it was held by a family named Hotone." [1]

Early Origins of the Hooten family

The surname Hooten was first found in Cheshire where the place name mentioned in the Domesday Book as Hotone, under the ownership of Richard de Vernon, the Norman Baron of Shipbrook.[2]

Early History of the Hooten family

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Hooten Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hooten include Hooton, Hootton, Hooten, Hootten and others.

Early Notables of the Hooten family (pre 1700)

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Hooten Ranking

In the United States, the name Hooten is the 5,818th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

United States Hooten migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hooten or a variant listed above:

Hooten Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Hooten, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [4]
  • Matthew Hooten, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [4]
  • Thomas Hooten, who arrived in New Jersey in 1677 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hooten (post 1700) +

  • Michael Leon Hooten (b. 1948), former American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • William J. Hooten, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1944, 1952 (alternate) [5]
  • Clarence M. Hooten, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Dallas County Democratic Party, 1949; Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Dallas County, 1950 [5]
  • Brian Hooten, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Opa-locka, Florida, 2004 [5]
  • Andrew Hooten, American politician, Delegate to Iowa State Constitutional Convention from Des Moines County, 1844 [5]

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook