Show ContentsHulls History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hulls is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the personal name Hull. 1

Alternatively the name could have been derived from Hull, an important seaport town in East Riding of Yorkshire. 2

Early Origins of the Hulls family

The surname Hulls 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 3 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. 4

Early feudal rolls provided the king of the time with a method of cataloguing holdings for taxation, but today they provide a glimpse into the many surname spellings in use at that time.

Peter de Hull was listed in the Assize Rolls for Staffordshire in 1199; John atte Hulle was listed in 1297; Robert in the hull was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Derbyshire in 1327; Henry and Simon Hulle were found in Yorkshire in 1309 and in Colchester in 1312; and John Hull was in the Subsidy Rolls for Cumbria (Cumberland) in 1332. 1

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include: Elyas de la Hulle in Wiltshire; and Gunnilda de la Hull and Roger a Hull, who were both listed in Oxfordshire at that time. 2

In Somerset, Leticia atte Hulle was listed 1 Edward III (in the first year of King Edward III's reign.) 5

Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Elena de Hull and Robertas Hall. 2

Early History of the Hulls family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hulls research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1399, 1408, 1415, 1425, 1595, 1624, 1635, 1665, 1683, 1699, 1736, 1737 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Hulls History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hulls Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hulls include Hull, Hulle, Hulls and others.

Early Notables of the Hulls family

Notables of this surname at this time include:

  • Jonathan Hull or Hulls (fl. 1737), was an English inventor, "born at Campden, Gloucestershire, in 1699. He was the first who attempted practically to employ steam in propelling a vessel in water. His...

Ireland Migration of the Hulls family to Ireland

Some of the Hulls family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Hulls migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hulls Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andrew Hulls, aged 29, who landed in New England in 1635 aboard the ship "Hopewell" 6
Hulls Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christoph Hulls, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 6

Australia Hulls migration to Australia +

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

Hulls Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Hulls, aged 22, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. Winn, Christopher, I Never Knew that about Yorkshire. Croydon: The Random House Group Limited, 2010. Print. (ISBN 978-0-09-193313-5)
  5. 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.
  6. 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) on Facebook