Huntsman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Huntsman. It was a name given to someone who was a hunter. The surname Huntsman is a compound of the Old English word hunta, which means huntsman, or the Old English word hunte, which means the act of hunting, and the word mann, which is used either in the sense of hunter, or servant of the hunter. [1]

Early Origins of the Huntsman family

The surname Huntsman was first found in Suffolk, where one of first listings of the family was John Hunteman who was listed there in the Feet of Fines of 1219. Later, John Hunteman or Huntesman was registered in 1347 and 1348, again in Suffolk. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included Walter Hunteman, Cambridgeshire, and later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls listed Simon Huntman. [3]

Early History of the Huntsman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huntsman research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1565, 1650, 1704, 1776 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Huntsman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Huntsman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Huntsman have been found, including Huntman, Hunteman, Huntsman, Hunterman and others.

Early Notables of the Huntsman family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Benjamin Huntsman, (1704-1776), English inventor of cast steel, born of German parentage in Lincolnshire in 1704. He became a skilful mechanic, and eventually started in business as a clockmaker in Doncaster. He also made and repaired locks, jacks, and...
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Huntsman Ranking

In the United States, the name Huntsman is the 7,898th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]


United States Huntsman migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Huntsman, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Huntsman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Huntsman, who settled in New Castle, Delaware in 1852

Contemporary Notables of the name Huntsman (post 1700) +

  • Jon Meade Huntsman Jr. (b. 1960), American Republican politician, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, 1992-93; Governor of Utah, 2005-; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 2004, 2008, son of John Meade Hunstman Sr [5]
  • Jon Meade Huntsman Sr. (1937-2018), American businessman and philanthropist, founder and executive chairman of Huntsman Corporation
  • Robert Huntsman, American newspaper publisher
  • Earl Huntsman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1904 [5]
  • Adam Huntsman (1786-1849), American politician, Representative from Tennessee 12th District, 1835-37; Defeated, 1836 [5]
  • Wellington T. Huntsman, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Toledo, Ohio, 1924-33 [5]
  • Mrs. Roscoe Huntsman, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1940 [5]
  • Mary Kaye Huntsman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 2008 [5]
  • David Huntsman MD, Canadian Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver General Hospital
  • Archibald Gowanlock Huntsman Ph.D. (1883-1973), pioneer Canadian oceanographer and fisheries biologist who was lecturer and later professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Toronto for almost 50 years


The Huntsman Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Esto vigilans
Motto Translation: Be vigilant.


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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