Hootent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hootent is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Hootent family once lived in the settlement of Hooton, which is near Chester in Cheshire. The surname Hootent 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 Hootent family

The surname Hootent 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 Hootent family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hootent research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Hootent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hootent Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hootent family name include Hooton, Hootton, Hooten, Hootten and others.

Early Notables of the Hootent family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hootent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hootent family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hootent surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Michael Hooton settled in Virginia in 1654; along with Christopher; John and Thomas Hooton settled in New Jersey in 1654; Thomas Hooten settled in New Jersey in 1677..



  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)


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