Hult History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Hult comes from when the family resided in Halton, a very common place-name in England. The place-name is derived from the Old English terms halh, which means nook or corner of land, and tun, which meant farm or enclosure, and later came to mean fortress and town. The name means "farm in the nook or corner of land." The surname denotes a dweller at same. [1]

John of Halton or Halghton (d. 1324), was Bishop of Carlisle, a canon of the Augustinian convent of St. Mary's, Carlisle, which was also the cathedral of the diocese. "In 1295 Halton was sent as an ambassador to King John of Scotland, and on 8 Nov. received a safe-conduct for his return. On 13 Oct. 1297 Halton was appointed custos of Carlisle Castle and of the royal domains. In 1320 Halton went on his last embassy to Scotland, and had his expenses refused by the king on the ground that he went for his own good as well as for that of the realm." [2]

Early Origins of the Hult family

The surname Hult was first found in Halton, the original name of the parish of St. Dominick, Cornwall. "At the time of Doomsday Survey the district was taxed under the appellation of Halton, by which name a manor is still distinguished in this parish. Halton, which gave name originally to this parish, before St. Dominick either honoured or disgraced it with his name, is a manor, that so early as the thirteenth century belonged to an ancient family of this name. In the reign of Edward II. the male heirs becoming extinct, Halton was carried by an heiress to Wendyn, from which family it was carried by another heiress to Whitlegh, who was sheriff of Devon in the reign of Richard II. and whose grandson was sheriff of that county under Henry VII." [3]

Early History of the Hult family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hult research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1084, 1628, 1699, 1632, 1704 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Hult History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hult Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hult has been recorded under many different variations, including Halton, Haltone, Hultahan, Haltom, Haltum and others.

Early Notables of the Hult family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Hult family to Ireland

Some of the Hult 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.

Migration of the Hult family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hult or a variant listed above: James Haltone who arrived in Philadelphia in 1853; James Halton arrived in Maryland in 1775; John Halton arrived in Potomack in 1747.


Contemporary Notables of the name Hult (post 1700) +

  • Jessica Hult, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 2008 [4]
  • Carl H. Hult, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Branford, 1948 [4]
  • Nils Gunnar Hult (b. 1939), Swedish former footballer
  • Karl Hult (b. 1944), Swedish biochemist and researcher
  • Alexander "Alex" Hult (b. 1975), Swedish co-Chairman of EF Education First, son of Bertil Hult
  • Bertil Hult (b. 1941), Swedish business man, founder of EF Education First in 1965, namesake owner of Hult International Business School, New England


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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