Show ContentsHunton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Hunton surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in one of the various settlements called Hunton in the counties of Hampshire, Kent, and the North Riding of Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Hunton family

The surname Hunton was first found in the North Riding of Yorkshire, where one of the first records of the family was Roger of Hunton, who was listed in the Feet of Fine for 1263. A few years later, William de Hunton was recorded in 1304, again in Yorkshire. [1]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Roger Hunton, who held lands there at that time. [2]

Early History of the Hunton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hunton research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1610, 1604, 1682, 1557, 1596, 1558, 1559, 1567, 1572, 1574, 1664, 1752, 1688 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Hunton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hunton Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hunton include Hunton, Huntoon and others.

Early Notables of the Hunton family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Philip Hunton (1604-1682), an English clergyman and political writer, best known for his anti-absolutist work "A Treatise of Monarchy," which was banned under the Restoration. [3] Sir Henry Unton or Umpton (1557?-1596) was an English diplomatist and soldier, the second son of Sir Edward Unton or Umpton of Wadley, near Faringdon, Berkshire. "The father, Sir Edward, belonged to a Berkshire family, which traced its pedigree to the time of Edward IV; he was knighted at Queen Elizabeth's coronation in January 1558-1559, was Sheriff of the county in 1567, and M.P. in 1572, and entertained...
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United States Hunton migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hunton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Benjamin Hunton, who landed in Maryland in 1659 [4]
  • Samuel Hunton, who landed in Maryland in 1670-1671 [4]
  • Robert Hunton, who arrived in Maryland in 1674 [4]
  • Edward Hunton, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [4]
  • John Hunton, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [4]
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Hunton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Hunton, who sailed to Maryland in 1736
Hunton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Hunton to Philadelphia in 1876
  • Stephen W Hunton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [4]

New Zealand Hunton 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:

Hunton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Hunton, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Hunton (post 1700) +

  • Eppa Hunton (1822-1908), American brigadier-general for the Confederate States of America 1863-1865, later an American senator
  • Logan Hunton, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 1850-53 [5]
  • Logan Hunton, American politician, Delegate to Whig National Convention from Missouri, 1839 [5]
  • Eppa Hunton (1822-1908), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Virginia secession convention, 1861; U.S. Representative from Virginia 8th District, 1873-81; U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1891-95 [5]
  • John Hunton Ph.D., British Professor of Geometry at the University of Leicester
  • Thomas Hunton Swope (1827-1909), American real estate magnate and philanthropist in Kansas City, Missouri

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  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. 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)
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook