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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. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. 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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