Show ContentsHulton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Hulton come from when the family resided in either of the settlements called Hulton in the counties of Lancashire and Staffordshire. [1] The place name literally means "the hill farmstead or estate. The Lancashire Hulton occurs as Hilton and Hulton in the 13th century. " [2]

"Hulton is in the parish of Dean (co. Lancaster) and it gave name to Bleythen, called de Hulton, in the reign of Henry II., and from him this ancient family, still seated at their ancestral and original manor, are regularly descended." [3] [4]

Early Origins of the Hulton family

The surname Hulton was first found in the town of Lancashire at Little Hulton where "the Hultons were the early lords." [5] In Over Hulton, more evidence of the early family records were found. "It comprises 1300 acres, chiefly arable land, and entirely the property of William Hulton, Esquire, of Hulton Park. The old Hall, the residence of this gentleman's ancestors through many generations, stood upon the site of the present mansion, which is of modern erection; the park is laid out in plantations and pleasure-grounds upon an extensive scale." [5]

The hamlet of Lostock in Lancashire was once a family seat. "This place formed part of the barony of Manchester, and was held by Richard de Hulton." [5]

One of the first records of the family was Jordan de Hulton, rector of the church of St. Elphin, Warrington, Lancashire c. 1250. [6]

Early History of the Hulton family

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Hulton 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. Hulton has been recorded under many different variations, including Hulton, Hultone and others.

Early Notables of the Hulton family (pre 1700)

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United States Hulton migration to the United States +

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 Hulton or a variant listed above:

Hulton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Hulton, who settled in New Hampshire in 1718
  • Penny Hulton, who settled in Boston in 1767
  • Mathew Hulton, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772
Hulton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Hulton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [7]
  • Jonathan Hulton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1829 [7]

Canada Hulton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hulton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Hulton, aged 15, who arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775

Contemporary Notables of the name Hulton (post 1700) +

  • William Adam Hulton (1802-1887), English lawyer and antiquary, son of Lieutenant-colonel Henry Hulton, born at Preston, Lancashire, on 18 Oct. 1802 [8]
  • Ms. Sarah Anne Pascale Hulton O.B.E., British recipient of the Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 For services to British foreign policy [9]
  • Jim Hulton, Canadian ice hockey coach who is currently the head coach at Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario
  • Edward H Hulton (1906-1988), British Publisher and founder of the Hulton Press group

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Geoffrey Alan Hulton, British Lieutenant Royal Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [10]

The Hulton Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mens flecti nescia
Motto Translation: A mind that cannot be bent.

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  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  5. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online [accessed 21 January 2017].
  7. 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)
  8. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 7 August 2020
  9. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
  10. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook