Huitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Huitt was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Huitt family lived in Huet or Huest near Evreux in Normandy, France.  Alternatively, the name was derived from 'the son of Hugh'; Middle English Hugh, How, and Hew, diminutive Hughet and Hewet. 
Early Origins of the Huitt family
The surname Huitt was first found in Devon where the first record of the family was Roger Huet, Huiet who was listed in the Pipe Rolls there in 1182, 1185. Later the Assize Rolls listed William Huet in Shropshire in 1221 Roger Hughet in Somerset in 1280.  William de Huet paid a fine in Lincolnshire in 1204 and Peter Hughet was listed in Sussex in 1278. "Sir Walter Hewet was a distinguished warrior in France temp. Edward III., and from him descended the Hewets, created baronets 1621 and 1660, and Viscounts Hewet 1689, also eminent lawyer James Hewett, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and 1st Viscount Lifford." 
Kirby's Quest of Somerset listed Gilbert Huet there temp. 1 Edward III.  The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Agnes Huet-wyf; Ricardus Huetson; and Willelmus Howetson. 
Important Dates for the Huitt family
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Huitt Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Hewitt, Hewett, Hewatt, Hewet, Hewit, Hewat and others.
Early Notables of the Huitt family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Viscount Lifford; Rev. Thomas Huet (died 1591), a Welsh clergyman and translator of the Bible; and Rev'd. Dr. John Hewett (Huett) (1614-1658), chaplain to Charles I who was later executed for treason as a Royalist. Born in...
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Migration of the Huitt family to Ireland
Some of the Huitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Huitt migration to the United States
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Huitt or a variant listed above:
Huitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Catherine Huitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 
- Joseph Huitt, who landed in Virginia in 1659 
- Sarah Huitt, who landed in Virginia in 1659 
- Mary Huitt, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 
- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
- ^ 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)