The name Huntar is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name given to a hunter. The surname Huntar is derived from the Old English word hunta,
which means hunter. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae listed Robert Le Huant in Normandy in 1198. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
The name is "well distributed through England, except in the north, where its place is supplied by Hunter, which has the same signification. It is best represented in the south of England, especially in the county of Dorset, and after that in those of Wilts and Somerset." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales includes and old poem about the name "With hunte and home, and houndes him beside."
Early Origins of the Huntar family
The surname Huntar was first found in Shropshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. Early records of the name include Humphrey le Hunte, who was in the Feat of Fines of Sussex
in 1203; and Ralphe Hunte, listed in the Assize Rolls of Yorkshire
of 1219. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed the following early entries for the family: Alice le Hunte in Oxfordshire; and Thomas le Hunte in Cambridgeshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Kirby's Quest lists the following in Somerset: Robert le Hunte and Robert le Honte, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of Edward III. CITATION[CLOSE]
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.
Early History of the Huntar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huntar research.Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1609, 1680, 1641, 1644, 1659, 1662, 1705 and are included under the topic Early Huntar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Huntar Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Huntar include Hunt, Hunter, Huntar and others.
Early Notables of the Huntar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Huntar family to Ireland
Some of the Huntar family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 138 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Huntar family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Huntar were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Alice Hunt, who settled in Virginia in 1654; Edward Hunt, who settled in Virginia in 1655; James Hunt, who settled in Virginia in 1636; John Hunt, who settled in Virginia in 1622.