Hudnut History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Hudnut is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Hudnut comes from the Norman name Odinet, from which the more commonly known Odo is derived.
Early Origins of the Hudnut family
The surname Hudnut was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Hudnut family
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Hudnut Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hudnut were recorded, including Hodnutt, Hadnet, Hadnett, Hudnutt, Hudnett and others.
Early Notables of the Hudnut family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hudnut family to Ireland
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Migration of the Hudnut family
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Hudnut arrived in North America very early: Humphrey Hadnett settled in Virginia in 1635; Charles and James Hodnett arrived in Philadelphia in 1856; Francis Hadnett arrived in Boston in 1767; William Hadnett arrived in Philadelphia in 1864..
Contemporary Notables of the name Hudnut (post 1700) +
- Joseph Hudnut (1886-1968), writer and architect
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