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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.


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." [1] Collectively the place names were listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Aiete. [2]

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hyatt research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1618, 1698, 1628, 1658 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Hyatt History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hyatt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Samuel Hyatt 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
  • Richard Hyatt, who landed in Mississippi in 1856
  • Bertha E. Hyatt, aged 15, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Chas. M. Hyatt, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • A. Hyatt, aged 28, who emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Alfred R. Hyatt, who emigrated to America, in 1910
  • Abram M. Hyatt, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1913

Hyatt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Abraham Hyatt U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Abraham Hyatt Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Capt. Cornelius Hyatt U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Gilbert Hyatt U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Hyatt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Hyatt, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • G. Hyatt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "City Of Adelaide" in 1839


  • 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
  • Bryon E. Hyatt (d. 1936), American politician, Mayor of Boise, Idaho, 1935-36
  • Clark C. Hyatt, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1928
  • David L. Hyatt, American Republican politician, Chair of Surry County Republican Party, 1952



  • 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.

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.


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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. 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).
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Hyatt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hyatt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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