Show ContentsHulet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Hulet family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Hulet is based on the Norman personal name Hugh. Howlett was 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 honour 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 Hulet family

The surname Hulet was first found in Yorkshire where early English rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used through Medieval times. Johannes Houlet et uxor ejus and Adam Howlot et Agnes uxor were listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. Roger filius Hulot was also listed in Yorkshire in another early census. 1

Agnes Hughelot was found in Norfolk c. 1248, Thomas Huwelot in Huntingdonshire c. 1250, and Richard Hulot in the Hundredorum Rolls of Suffolk in 1275. The Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire included John Huelot there in 1327. 2

Early History of the Hulet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hulet research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1548, 1552, 1564, 1566, 1570, 1571, 1587, 1589, 1701, 1736 and 1771 are included under the topic Early Hulet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hulet 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 Hulet were recorded, including Howlett, Howlet, Hullett and others.

Early Notables of the Hulet family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • Charles Hulet (1701-1736), was an actor, an apprentice to Edmund Curll, the bookseller, found his way on to the stage and acted one season in Dublin and several in London. 3
  • James Hulett (d. 1771), the English engraver resided in London, and was extensively employed on illustrations for books. 3

Ireland Migration of the Hulet family to Ireland

Some of the Hulet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Canada Hulet migration to Canada +

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 Hulet arrived in North America very early:

Hulet Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Hulet, who landed in Canada in 1831

Contemporary Notables of the name Hulet (post 1700) +

  • Daniel Hulet (1945-2011), Belgian cartoonist
  • Hulet M. Wells, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington 1st District, 1918 4

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from on Facebook