Hyatt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Hyatt come from when the family resided in the village of Ayott in the county of Hertfordshire. The surname Hyatt can be translated as at the high-gate, a gate that led into a protected enclosure. [1] [2]

However, two other sources claims the name was "derived from a geographical locality. 'Of High-gate,' corrupted to Hy-yate, and finally Hyett. Probably Highgate in London is referred to as the instances are mostly found in that locality." [3] [4]

Early Origins of the Hyatt family

The surname Hyatt was first found in Hertfordshire at Ayot(t), of which there are two villages: Ayot(t) St. Lawrence, a parish, in the union of Welwyn, hundred of Broadwater; and Ayot(t) St. Peter, a parish, in the union of Welwyn, hundred of Broadwater. The Ayot(t) St. Lawrence "parish during the heptarchy, formed part of the possessions of the last of the Saxon monarchs; and a spot in the immediate vicinity, still called Dane End, commemorates a signal defeat of the Danes by King Ethelwulph." [5] Collectively the place names were listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Aiete. [6]

The first record of the family was actually found in Somerset, where John atte Hagheyate was listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [7]

From this entry we found James Hyet listed in London in 1514, John Hyett in Worcester in 1539, and William Hiatt in Leicestershire in 1599. [4]

Early History of the Hyatt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hyatt research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1583, 1641, 1500, 1608, 1651, 1618, 1698, 1628, 1658, 1681, 1677, 1738, 1722, 1727, 1730, 1859 and 1943 are included under the topic Early Hyatt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hyatt Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hyatt has been recorded under many different variations, including Hyatt, Huyet, Hyett, Hyat, Hyet, Hytte and others.

Early Notables of the Hyatt family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Walter Hoyt (Haite, Hayte, Hoit, Haight) (1618-1698) from West Hatch, Somerset, he emigrated to America in 1628 and became a founding settler of Norwalk, Connecticut and later served in the General Court of the Connecticut Colony between 1658 and 1681. Charles Hyett (c. 1677-1738), of Painswick House, near Gloucester, Gloucestershire...
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hyatt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Hyatt migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hyatt or a variant listed above:

Hyatt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jane Hyatt, who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Samuel Hyatt, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants
Hyatt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E Hyatt, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [8]
  • Richard Hyatt, who landed in Mississippi in 1856 [8]
  • Bertha E. Hyatt, aged 15, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Chas. M. Hyatt, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • A. Hyatt, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Southampton, in 1897
Hyatt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie Hyatt, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Clotilde Hyatt, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Daisy Hyatt, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Alfred R. Hyatt, who immigrated to America, in 1910
  • Abram M. Hyatt, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hyatt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hyatt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Abraham Hyatt U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [9]
  • Mr. Abraham Hyatt Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [9]
  • Capt. Cornelius Hyatt U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [9]
  • Mr. Gilbert Hyatt U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [9]

Australia Hyatt migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hyatt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Hyatt, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Broxbournebury" in January 1814, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. William Hyatt, British Convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Commodore Hayes" in April 1823, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [11]
  • John Hyatt, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [12]
  • G. Hyatt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "City Of Adelaide" in 1839 [13]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hyatt (post 1700) +

  • Mark Hyatt (b. 1970), American award winning producer and actor
  • Michael Hyatt, American animator, known for his work on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), Leprechaun (1993) and Heart and Souls (1993)
  • Andrew Hyatt (b. 1982), American actor, known for his work in The Frozen (2012), The Last Light (2014) and Ghost Rider (2007)
  • Michael Hyatt, British-born American film and television actress
  • James William Hyatt (1837-1893), American politician, 16th Treasurer of the United States (1887-1889), 24th, 26th, and 28th Warden of the Borough of Norwalk, Connecticut (1877-1878)
  • Walter Hyatt (1949-1996), American singer and songwriter
  • Joel Z Hyatt (b. 1950), American businessman, attorney, and politician of the Democratic party and is a business partner of former U.S. Vice President Albert A. Gore Jr
  • Alpheus Hyatt (1838-1902), American zoologist and paleontologist who achieved eminence in the study of invertebrate fossil records
  • John Wesley Hyatt (1837-1920), American inventor, best known for simplifying the production of celluloid, arguably the first industrial plastic
  • Abraham Hyatt (b. 1976), American managing editor of Oregon Business
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Hyatt 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: Fac et spera
Motto Translation: Do and hope.

Suggested Readings for the name Hyatt +

  • 1721 "A Genealogical History of Hoyt, Haight, and Hight Families: With Some Account of the Earlier Hyatt Families, A List of the First Settlers of Salisbury and Amesbury, Mass." by David W. Hoyt.

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  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. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from
  11. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 4th March 2021, retrieved from
  12. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from
  13. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CITY OF ADELAIDE 1839. Retrieved from on Facebook
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