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The distinguished surname Host is one of the many surnames that first came to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is derived from the Old French "oste" or "hoste," meaning "host," and was most likely first borne by an inn-keeper.

Host Early Origins



The surname Host was first found in Somerset during the Middle Ages, when hereditary surnames first began to appear in England. Due to the occupational origins of Host, it is likely that the surname emerged independently in different regions during the medieval period, creating several early branches of the Host family. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Elias le Host, who was listed in the 1254 Assize Rolls of Somerset.

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Host Spelling Variations


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Host Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Host, Hoste, Ost, Hust and others.

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Host Early History


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Host Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Host research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1254, 1279, 1780 and 1828 are included under the topic Early Host History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Host Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Host Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Host Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Host or a variant listed above:

Host Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Conrad Host, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The Host Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Host 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.

    This page was last modified on 29 January 2014 at 15:10.

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