Hulks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Hulks came from the personal name Hull. However, the surname Hulks is often derived from residence in the settlement of Hull in the county of Cheshire. In this case, the name belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Hulks family

The surname Hulks was first found in the Yorkshire at Kingston upon Hull, more commonly known as Hull, a city in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The place is derived from the River Hull and dates back to at least 1228 [1] and is home to the largest parish church in England dating back to 1285. In 1642, it was the scene of the first skirmish of the English Civil War when on orders of Parliament, the Governor of Hull, Sir John Hotham (d. 1645) shut the gates of the town to King Charles I. [2]

Some of the first records of the name were found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Elyas de la Hulle in Wiltshire; and Gunnilda de la Hull and Roger a Hull who were both listed in Oxfordshire at that time. Kirby's Quest listed Leticia atte Hulle in Somerset, temp. 1 Edward III. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lited Elena de Hull and Robertas Hall. [3]

Important Dates for the Hulks family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hulks research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1665, 1635, 1624, 1683 and are included under the topic Early Hulks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hulks Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hulks family name include Hull, Hulle, Hulls and others.

Early Notables of the Hulks family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Rev. Joseph Hull (1595-1665), English preacher from Devon who led a company of 106 sailing from England to what is now known...
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hulks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hulks family to Ireland

Some of the Hulks family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hulks family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hulks surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Joseph Hull with his wife Agnes settled in New England in 1635 with seven children; Elizabeth and George Hull settled in Nantasket in 1630; Joseph Hull settled with his wife, seven children, and three servants, in Massachusetts in 1635..

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Winn, Christopher, I Never Knew that about Yorkshire. Croydon: The Random House Group Limited, 2010. Print. (ISBN 978-0-09-193313-5)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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