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

Huggett is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman given name Hugh. It is a baptismal name which means the son of Hugh. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.


Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Huggett family name include Huggett, Huggetts, Hugget and others.

First found in Yorkshire 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huggett research. Another 206 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1150 is included under the topic Early Huggett History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Huggett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Huggett family to immigrate North America:

Huggett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Huggett settled in Philadelphia in 1737

Huggett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Huggett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840
  • Catherine Huggett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840
  • Henry Huggett, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia


  • Jeremy Huggett Ph.D., Senior Lecturer/Head of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Glasgow
  • Nick Huggett Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Illinois
  • Stephen Huggett Ph.D., Secretary of the European Mathematical Society, and Programme Secretary of the London Mathematical Society
  • Mark Huggett Ph.D., of the Economics Department of Georgetown University
  • Monica Huggett, British baroque violinist and concert master of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (1980-1987)


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The Huggett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Huggett 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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