Hulst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hulst is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hulst family lived in Hulse, Cheshire. The name is indigenous to this area and is thought to derive from the Old English word holh, which means hollow or depression.

Early Origins of the Hulst family

The surname Hulst was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Norbury near Stockport. Conjecturally, they are descended from Bigot de Loges, the holder of these estates at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066. This noble may be assumed to be William Bigot, brother of the famous Roger Bigod, both of whom were at the Conquest in 1066. William had a son, Ilger, who embarked on the first Crusade in 1096 and was commander of 200 knights in Palestine. The family name also acquired estates at Mobberley in Cheshire.

Important Dates for the Hulst family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hulst research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1660, 1st , 1682, 1759, 1714, 1800, 1744, 1816 and 1802 are included under the topic Early Hulst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hulst 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 Huls, Hulse, Hulles, Hulsey and others.

Early Notables of the Hulst family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Edward Hulse, 1st Baronet (c. 1682-1759), of Lincoln's Inn Fields, Physician in Ordinary to Queen Anne, King George I and King...
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Hulst 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 Hulst or a variant listed above:

Hulst Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Aaltje J Mulder Hulst, aged 55, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • Hendrik Jans Hulst, aged 23, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • Jan H Hulst, aged 45, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • Jantje Jans Hulst, aged 20, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • Trijntje Jans Hulst, aged 11, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hulst (post 1700)

  • George Duryea Hulst (1846-1900), American clergyman, botanist and entomologist
  • Henry Hulst, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1900 [2]
  • Elisa "Elly" Maria van Hulst (b. 1959), Dutch five-time gold medalist middle distance runner, Dutch Sportswoman of the Year in 1989
  • Santy Hulst (b. 1987), Dutch professional footballer


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from
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