Hunter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Hunter comes from the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It was a name for a person who worked as a hunter or someone involved in the chase.This name is derived the Latin word venator.

Early Origins of the Hunter family

The surname Hunter was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire. But while Scottish history places them in this area, we must remember that before the 5th century this Clan, held a family seat at Hy Seaain counties Derry and Tyrone, in Ireland, and were chiefs who calimes descent from King Colla da Crioch. Moving to Scotland about the 5th or 6th century they were granted lands by the Grahams at Polmood.

Important Dates for the Hunter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hunter research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1375, 1547, 1555, 1664, 1710, 1718, 1720, 1728, 1734, 1737, 1783, 1793, 1795, 1800, and 1821 are included under the topic Early Hunter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hunter Spelling Variations

Historical recordings of the name Hunter include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include Hunter, Hunters and others.

Early Notables of the Hunter family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was William Hunter FRS (1718-1783), a Scottish anatomist and physician; General Robert Hunter (1664-1734), the colonial Governor of New York and New Jersey from 1710 to 1720; Vice-Admiral John Hunter...
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Migration of the Hunter family to Ireland

Some of the Hunter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hunter migration to the United States

Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hunter family emigrate to North America:

Hunter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth and Francis Hunter, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Christian Hunter, who settled in Boston in 1635
  • Christian Hunter, aged 20, who arrived in America in 1635 [1]
  • Eliz Hunter, aged 18, who landed in New England in 1635 [1]
  • James Hunter, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hunter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Grace Hunter, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • Patrick Hunter, who arrived in Maryland in 1716 [1]
  • Henry Hunter, who arrived in Maryland in 1738 [1]
  • Anthony Hunter, who landed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1740 [1]
  • Samuel Hunter, who landed in Maryland in 1744 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hunter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Hunter, aged 22, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • Edward Hunter, aged 34, who landed in America in 1803 [1]
  • David Hunter, aged 24, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • Alexander Hunter, aged 21, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Eleanor Hunter, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hunter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edwin Osmond Hunter, who arrived in Alabama in 1926 [1]

Hunter migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hunter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Hunter, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Hunter U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 330 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York [2]
  • Mr. David Hunter U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. David Hunter U.E. who settled in Edwardsburgh-Cardinal, Leeds & Grenville, Ontario c. 1784 he resettled in South Gower, [2]
  • Mr. David Hunter U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hunter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ithamar Hunter, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • William Hunter, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Andrew Hunter, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Agnes Hunter, aged 18, a spinster, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
  • Margaret Hunter, aged 35, who arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hunter migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hunter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hunter, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Catchpole George Hunter, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • William Hunter, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • William Hunter, a blacksmith, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • George Hunter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [6]
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Hunter 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:

Hunter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • David Hunter, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Duke of Roxburgh
  • George Hunter, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Duke of Roxburgh
  • Robert Hunter, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Duke of Roxburgh
  • William Hunter, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Duke of Roxburgh
  • Barbara Hunter, aged 42, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hunter (post 1700)

  • Larry Hunter (1949-2018), American head basketball coach at Wittenberg University from 1976 to 1989
  • John Thurman Hunter Jr. (1931-2016), known by the stage name Long John Hunter, an American Texas blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter
  • Robert Hunter (1886-1971), American gold and sliver Olympic medalist for golf at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Brigadier-General George Bowditch Hunter (1879-1965), American Commanding Officer New Orleans Port of Embarkation (1941-1943) [7]
  • Major-General Frank O'Driscoll Hunter (1894-1982), American Commanding General of the First Air Force, Mitchel Field, New York (1943-1945) [8]
  • Lindsey Benson Hunter Jr. (b. 1970), former American professional basketball player
  • Francis "Frank" Townsend Hunter (1894-1981), American gold medalist tennis player at the 1924 Olympics
  • Jeffrey Hunter (1926-1969), American film and television actor
  • Holly Hunter (b. 1958), two-time Emmy Award, Academy Award and Golden Globe winning American actress
  • Robert C. Hunter (b. 1941), American lyricist, singer-songwriter, translator, and poet
  • ... (Another 232 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Hunter family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Jessie Ogilvy Hunter (1866-1914), née Tulloch Canadian Second Class Passenger from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
  • Brigadier John Hunter (1863-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
  • Master John Hunter (1903-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
  • Miss Grace Hunter (1901-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
Hillcrest Coal Mine
  • Mr. Hugh Hunter (1879-1914), Scottish Miner from Sauchie or Fishcross, Clackmannan, Scotland, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse [10]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. John M J Hunter (b. 1916), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. David Hunter, British Ordnance Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
HMS Royal Oak
  • James Hunter (d. 1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [13]
  • Frank Hunter (1903-1939), British Leading Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [13]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Maggie Hunter, Scottish 2nd Class passenger returning from Atlanta, Georgia, USA to Aberdeen Scotland to die at home, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. George Hardie Hunter, Scottish 2nd Class passenger returning from Atlanta, Georgia, USA relocating to Aberdeen, Scotland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [14]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Robert Fredrick Hunter, American Seaman First Class from Ohio, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [15]

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Citations

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) George Hunter. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Hunter/George_Bowditch/USA.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Frank Hunter. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Hunter/Frank_O%27Driscoll/USA.html
  9. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  10. ^ List Of Miners - Hillcrest Mine Disaster Data. (Retrieved 2014, June 24) . Retrieved from http://www.hillcrestminedisaster.com/data/index.php?title=List_Of_Miners
  11. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  13. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  14. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  15. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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