Hufton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
When the ancestors of the Hufton family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Haughton, Cheshire. The name of this place derives from the Old English word halh, which means nook or recess, and tun, which means village or settlement. There are numerous places son named in England and an individual case of the name may derive from any of those locations.
Early Origins of the Hufton family
The surname Hufton was first found in Cheshire at Haughton (or Haughton Moss), a village and civil parish. This village is by far the largest of the listings of the place name in England. Looking back further, there are at least three listings of the place name Haughton in the Domesday Book in its earliest forms: Hoctum in Nottinghamshire; Haustone in Shropshire; and Halstone or Haltone in Staffordshire.  Today Haughton Castle is a privately owned country mansion near the village of Humshaugh, Northumberland and dates back to the 13th century when it was a tower house. It was enlarged and fortified in the 14th century. By the 16th century, the castle had fallen into ruin but by the early 19th century the ruins were converted into the mansion it is today. Houghton Hall is a country house in Norfolk, England built for British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. Another early branch of the family was found at Hooton, again in Cheshire. "This place, in the Domesday Book, is included in the possessions of Richard de Vernon, the Norman Baron of Shipbrook, under whom it was held by a family named Hotone, which became extinct in the male line in the reign of Richard I. It then passed by marriage to Randle Walensis or Welshman, after which alliance, his family occasionally assumed the name of Hotone." 
Early History of the Hufton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hufton research. Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1114, 1130, 1605, 1691, 1720 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Hufton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hufton Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hufton have been found, including Haughton, Houghton, Hoctor, Hector and others.
Early Notables of the Hufton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hufton family to Ireland
Some of the Hufton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hufton migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Hufton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Hufton, aged 20, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
- Mr. George Hufton, (b. 1854), aged 20, British carpenter travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Halcione" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in September 1875 
Contemporary Notables of the name Hufton (post 1700) +
- Charles F. Hufton, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hartland, 1926 
- Arthur Edward "Ted" Hufton (1892-1967), England international goalkeeper who earned six caps
- Dame Olwen H. Hufton DBE, FBA, FRHistS (b. 1938), British historian from Oldham, Lancashire
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The Hufton 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: Malgre le tort
Motto Translation: Despite the wrong.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html