Huntt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Huntt is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a hunter. The surname Huntt is derived from the Old English word hunta, which means hunter. [1]

The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae listed Robert Le Huant in Normandy in 1198. [2]

The name is "well distributed through England, except in the north, where its place is supplied by Hunter, which has the same signification. It is best represented in the south of England, especially in the county of Dorset, and after that in those of Wilts and Somerset." [3]

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales includes and old poem about the name "With hunte and home, and houndes him beside."

Early Origins of the Huntt family

The surname Huntt was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. Early records of the name include Humphrey le Hunte, who was in the Feat of Fines of Sussex in 1203; and Ralphe Hunte, listed in the Assize Rolls of Yorkshire of 1219. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed the following early entries for the family: Alice le Hunte in Oxfordshire; and Thomas le Hunte in Cambridgeshire. [5]

Kirby's Quest lists the following in Somerset: Robert le Hunte and Robert le Honte, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of Edward III. [6]

Important Dates for the Huntt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huntt research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1609, 1680, 1641, 1644, 1659, 1662, 1705 and are included under the topic Early Huntt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Huntt Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Huntt are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Huntt include Hunt, Hunter, Huntar and others.

Early Notables of the Huntt family (pre 1700)

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Huntt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Huntt family to Ireland

Some of the Huntt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Huntt family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Huntt or a variant listed above: Alice Hunt, who settled in Virginia in 1654; Edward Hunt, who settled in Virginia in 1655; James Hunt, who settled in Virginia in 1636; John Hunt, who settled in Virginia in 1622.

Contemporary Notables of the name Huntt (post 1700)

  • Albert F. Huntt (b. 1920), American architect from Richmond, Virginia; he designed residential buildings including for the American Tobacco Company
  • J. R. Huntt, American politician, Mayor of Laurel, Maryland, 1893-94 [7]
  • Harry Huntt Ransom (1908-1976), American academic, President of the University of Texas in 1960, Chancellor of the University of Texas System from 1961 to 1971


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from
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