Hunnisett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hunnisett arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hunnisett family lived in Somerset, at the manor of Hunecote or Hunnecota, from where they took their name.

Early Origins of the Hunnisett family

The surname Hunnisett was first found in Somerset where conjecturally they are descended from William, a Norman noble who was a subtenant of Roger de Courseulles, and was Lord of the manor of Hunecote or Hunnecota, and was recorded in the Domesday Book taken in the year 1086, and the manor is recorded as being "two nuns, as a royal grant."

The township of Huncoat in Lancashire also derived its name from the ancient family. "This was a royal manor in the reign of the Confessor, who, in the great survey, is recorded to have held two carucates in 'Hunnicott.' James de Huncote, and John his son, occur in the reign of Edward I.; the Hall was occupied by this family." [1]

Early History of the Hunnisett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hunnisett research. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hunnisett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hunnisett Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Honycott, Hunnicott, Huncote, Honicote, Honeycott, Honeycutt, Hunnicot and many more.

Early Notables of the Hunnisett family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand Hunnisett migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hunnisett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Hunnisett, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • Mary Ann Hunnisett, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861

Contemporary Notables of the name Hunnisett (post 1700) +

  • Serjeant Mechanic Edwin Edward Hunnisett (1896-1918), English aviator who was shot down by German flying ace Hans Goerth; awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal
  • Abbie Hunnisett (b. 1995), British two-time bronze medalist parasport athlete


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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