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

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Hoyt is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the village of Ayott in the county of Hertfordshire. The surname Hoyt can be translated as at the high-gate, a gate that led into a protected enclosure.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hoyt has been spelled many different ways, including Hyatt, Huyet, Hyett, Hyat, Hyet, Hytte and others.

First found in Hertfordshire at Ayot(t), of which there are two villages: Ayot(t) St. Lawrence, a parish, in the union of Welwyn, hundred of Broadwater; and Ayot(t) St. Peter, a parish, in the union of Welwyn, hundred of Broadwater. The Ayot(t) St. Lawrence "parish during the heptarchy, formed part of the possessions of the last of the Saxon monarchs; and a spot in the immediate vicinity, still called Dane End, commemorates a signal defeat of the Danes by King Ethelwulph." [1] Collectively the place names were listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Aiete. [2]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoyt research. Another 167 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1618, 1698, 1628, 1658 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Hoyt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoyt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hoyts to arrive in North America:

Hoyt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Hoyt, who landed in America in 1620
  • Simon Hoyt, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1628
  • John Hoyt, who arrived in Salisbury, Massachusetts in 1639

Hoyt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Catharine Hoyt, who arrived in New York in 1835
  • Cornelius Hoyt, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Hoyt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Hoyt, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway

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  • Homer Hoyt (1895-1984), American economist who created the sector model for urban land use
  • Waite Charles Hoyt (1899-1984), American Major League Baseball pitcher inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969
  • Beatrix Hoyt (1880-1963), American amateur golfing champion
  • Dewey LaMarr Hoyt (b. 1955), former American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher
  • Edwin Palmer Hoyt (1923-2005), highly prolific American writer
  • John Philo Hoyt (1841-1926), American politician and jurist
  • Jerry Hoyt (1929-1955), American racing driver
  • Colgate Hoyt (1849-1922), American businessman
  • Lance Hoyt (b. 1977), American professional wrestler
  • John Hoyt (1905-1991), American film, theatre, and television actor

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  • A Genealogical History of Hoyt, Haight, and Hight Families: With Some Account of the Earlier Hyatt Families, A List of the First Settlers of Salisbury and Amesbury, Mass. by David W. Hoyt.
  • Genealogy of the Family of William Watson and Nancy Hoyt (Bean) Roberts by Richard C. Roberts.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fac et spera
Motto Translation: Do and hope.

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  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)

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  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. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Hoyt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hoyt 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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