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Where did the English Hooten family come from? What is the English Hooten family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hooten family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hooten family history?

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.


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.

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.[1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hooten research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hooten History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Hooten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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
  • Matthew Hooten, who landed in Maryland in 1670
  • Thomas Hooten, who arrived in New Jersey in 1677
  • Thomas Hooten settled in New Jersey in 1677


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


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  11. ...

The Hooten Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hooten Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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