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The origins of the Hunting name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the settlement of Huntingdon in the county of Huntingdonshire, or in one of the various places called Huntington in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, and the North Riding of Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Hunting family

The surname Hunting was first found in Huntingdon in Huntingdonshire. "This place, called by the Saxons Huntantun, and in the Norman survey Huntersdune, appears to have derived its name from its situation in a tract of country which was anciently an extensive forest abounding with deer, and well suited for the purposes of the chase. A castle was built here in 917 by Edward the Elder, and enlarged by David, Earl of Huntingdon and King of Scotland." [1]

The source Old English Bynames, includes Eustace de Huntedune, de Huntendone who was registered in the Domesday Book of 1086. [2] Years later, Humphrey de Huntendun was registered in Bedfordshire in 1202, as was William de Huntinton in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire c. 1280. In Lancashire, Robert Huntyngdon was listed there in the Assize Rolls of 1375. [3]

Gregory of Huntingdon (fl. 1290), was an early English monk of Ramsey, of which abbey he is said to have been prior for thirty-eight years, is described as a man of much learning, acquainted with Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. [4]

Henry of Huntingdon (1084?-1155), was an early historian, born between 1080 and 1085, the son of Nicholas, a churchman, whom he styles 'stella cleri,' and who may possibly have been the archdeacon of Huntingdon who had died in 1110. [4]

By the time of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the name was widespread: Adam de Huntindon, London; Alan de Huntingdon, Lincolnshire; Robert de Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire; and Agnes de Huntingdone, Cambridgeshire. [5]

In Yorkshire, Peter Wodfoghel de Huntington, was listed as Freeman of York (1313-1320) and the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Johannes de Huntyngton; and Thomas de Huntyngton as both holding lands there at that time. [5]

Early History of the Hunting family

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Hunting Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hunting were recorded, including Huntington, Huntingdon and others.

Early Notables of the Hunting family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Huntinton (fl. 1553), English poet and preacher who was apparently educated at Oxford, where he became 'noted among his contemporaries for a tolerable poet.' [4] Reverend...
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United States Hunting migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hunting family emigrate to North America:

Hunting Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Hunting, who landed in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1638 [6]
Hunting Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J D Hunting, aged 33, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1843 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hunting (post 1700) +

  • David D. Hunting, American founder of Steelcase, an office furniture manufacture in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Constance Hunting (1925-2006), American poet and publisher from Rhode Island
  • Russell Hunting (b. 1865), North American entertainer, pioneer in the sound recordist industry
  • Tom Hunting (b. 1965), American drummer, best known for his work with the band Exodus
  • Isaac Hunting, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County, 1804-05 [7]
  • E. H. Hunting, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada, 1923 [7]
  • Benjamin Hunting, American politician, Member of New York council of appointment, 1802 [7]
  • Ambrose R. Hunting, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schoharie County, 1891 [7]
  • Henry Hunting (1951-2014), Played on the Dutch national hockey team and played in both the 1973 and 1974 world championships

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Richard Alexander Hunting, British Lieutenant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and died in the sinking [8]

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. 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)
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 20) . Retrieved from
  8. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook