Hoyt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1]

Early Origins of the Hoyt family

The surname Hoyt was 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." [2] Collectively the place names were listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Aiete. [3]

Early History of the Hoyt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoyt research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1618, 1698, 1628, 1658, 1681, 1677, 1738, 1722, 1727, 1730, 1859 and 1943 are included under the topic Early Hoyt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hoyt Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Hoyt family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Walter Hoyt (Haite, Hayte, Hoit, Haight) (1618-1698) from West Hatch, Somerset, he came to America in 1628 and became a founding settler of Norwalk, Connecticut and later served in the General Court of the Connecticut Colony between 1658 and 1681. Charles Hyett (c. 1677-1738), of Painswick House, near Gloucester, Gloucestershire...
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoyt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hoyt migration to the United States +

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 [4]
  • Simon Hoyt, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1628 [4]
  • John Hoyt, who arrived in Salisbury, Massachusetts in 1639 [4]
Hoyt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Catharine Hoyt, who arrived in New York in 1835 [4]
  • Cornelius Hoyt, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]

Canada Hoyt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hoyt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Israel Hoyt U.E. born in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA who settled in Kingston, Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]
  • Mr. James Hoyt U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [5]
  • Mr. James Hoyt U.E. born in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1804 in Newfield, Connecticut, USA [5]
  • Mr. Jesse Hoyt U.E. who settled in Sissiboo, Nova Scotia c. 1784 listed on Muster Roll at Gulliver's Hole, St. Mary's Bay and Sissiboo [5]
  • Mr. Joseph Hoyt U.E. born in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he returned to the USA in 1800 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hoyt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hoyt, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland

Contemporary Notables of the name Hoyt (post 1700) +

  • William Welles Hoyt (1875-1954), American one time Olympic gold medalist for athletics during the 1896 games
  • Brigadier-General Ross Gordon Hoyt (1893-1983), American Commanding General of the 65th Fighter Wing, Saffron Walden, England (1943) [6]
  • Clegg Hoyt (1910-1967), American actor
  • Charles Hale Hoyt (1859-1900), American dramatist
  • John Wesley Hoyt (1831-1912), American politician and educator
  • Chase Henry Hoyt (b. 1980), American film, television, and stage actor
  • Francis Southack Hoyt (1822-1912), American educator
  • Albert Harrison Hoyt (1826-1915), American editor and author
  • Arthur Hoyt (1874-1953), American film character actor
  • John Hoyt (1905-1991), American film, theatre, and television actor
  • ... (Another 102 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Jane Anne Hoyt, (née Forby), aged 31, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat D [7]
  • Mr. Frederick Maxfield Hoyt, aged 35, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat D [7]
  • Mr. William Fisher Hoyt, aged 42, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 14, he later died in the night and his body was buried at sea. 14 [7]


The Hoyt Motto +

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.


Suggested Readings for the name Hoyt +

  • 1526 "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.

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Ross Hoyt. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Hoyt/Ross_Gordon/USA.html
  7. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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