Hulett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hulett reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It 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 Hulett family

The surname Hulett 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 Hulett family

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

Hulett 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 Hulett have been found, including Howlett, Howlet, Hullett and others.

Early Notables of the Hulett family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Howlet (1548-1589), English Jesuit, "born in the county of Rutland in 1548. He entered at Exeter College, Oxford, in 1564, and graduated B.A. in 1566, becoming a fellow. He went abroad in 1570 with the permission of his college, intending to travel to Rome, but, entering the college of Douay in the same year, he was in 1571 received into the order of Jesus at Louvain. At Douay he was a contemporary of Campion, and studied theology. He afterwards taught many different subjects, chiefly at Douay. In 1587 he proceeded to Poland...
Another 100 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hulett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hulett family to Ireland

Some of the Hulett 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.


United States Hulett migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hulett were among those contributors:

Hulett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Hulett, aged 19, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Lawrence Hulett, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [3]
  • James Hulett, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [3]
  • Sarah Hulett, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hulett (post 1700) +

  • Timothy Craig "Tug" Hulett Jr. (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball second baseman
  • DeeAndre Hulett (b. 1980), American professional basketball player
  • Sir James Liege Hulett (1838-1928), English sugar magnate and philanthropist in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Alistair Hulett (1951-2010), Scottish acoustic folk singer and revolutionary socialist


  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. ^ 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)


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