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.

Early Origins of the Huntsman family

The surname Huntsman was first found in Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Important Dates for the Huntsman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huntsman research. Another 62 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1379 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)

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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 [1]
  • 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 [1]
  • Adam Huntsman (1786-1849), American politician, Representative from Tennessee 12th District, 1835-37; Defeated, 1836 [1]
  • Wellington T. Huntsman, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Toledo, Ohio, 1924-33 [1]
  • Mrs. Roscoe Huntsman, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1940 [1]
  • Mary Kaye Huntsman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 2008 [1]
  • 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

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