Show ContentsHuggett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Huggett family

The surname Huggett was 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.

Early History of the Huggett family

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Huggett Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Huggett family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • Huggett of Huggate

United States Huggett migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Philadelphia in 1737

Australia Huggett migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Huggett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Huggett, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840 [1]
  • Catherine Huggett, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840 [1]
  • Mr. James Huggett, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Blundell" on 13th March 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Mr. Stephen Huggett, English convict who was convicted in Maidstone, Kent, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Blundell" on 13th March 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Henry Huggett, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Huggett (post 1700) +

  • Stephen Huggett Ph.D., Secretary of the European Mathematical Society, and Programme Secretary of the London Mathematical Society
  • Nick Huggett Ph.D., American Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Illinois
  • Chris Huggett (d. 2020), British engineer and designer who co-founded Electronic Dream Plant (EDP) and was founder of the Oxford Synthesiser Company
  • Jeremy Huggett Ph.D., Senior Lecturer/Head of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Glasgow
  • 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)
  • Brigadier William Huggett Douglas (b. 1895), Australian Commanding Officer 28th Australian Infantry Brigade from 1941 to 1942 [4]

  1. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLES KERR 1840. Retrieved from
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from
  3. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, August 30) William Douglas. Retrieved from on Facebook