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Hunt Name Study

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This profile is part of the Hunt Name Study.
Hunt One Name Study

The mission of the project is to add and improve profiles of all Hunts. Project members take primary responsibility for relevant profiles or family groups and work on merging duplicates, cleaning up profiles, adding sources, removing incorrect information and offering research assistance as needed.

Note from Sandra Sharon - "This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname, Hunt, and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. Please contact the project leader, add categories to your profiles, add your questions to the bulletin board, add details of your name research, etc.

I started this page in conjunction with my Burke County, N.C. One Place Study since there was no Hunt Name Study in progress. I would love to turn this over to someone who actually has Hunt as one of their surnames of research.

Below are three links to variations on the origin of the surname Hunt including some famous folks with the last name. Please note that I am in no way endorsing the paid sites. I just found the information on them interesting."

Project Space Page Links:

The Origins of the Hunt 14


Meaning/Origins of Last Name 'Hunt'

"Hunt Name Meaning English: occupational name for a hunter, Old English hunta (a primary derivative of huntian ‘to hunt’). The term was used not only of the hunting on horseback of game such as stags and wild boars, which in the Middle Ages was a pursuit restricted to the ranks of the nobility, but also to much humbler forms of pursuit such as bird catching and poaching for food. The word seems also to have been used as an Old English personal name and to have survived into the Middle Ages as an occasional personal name. Compare Huntington and Huntley. Irish: in some cases (in Ulster) of English origin, but more commonly used as a quasi-translation of various Irish surnames such as Ó Fiaich (see Fee). Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Hundt.[1]



Hunt Demographics

Ancestry.com has collated some interesting Hunt demographics. Here are some of the numbers.

Early Hunts by Location (to 1830)

This list contains individuals who were the first of their family to settle an area.



North America

United States
Edward Hunt b. 1632, England, d. 20 May 1656 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay
New York
Thomas Hunt b.abt. 1615 - d. abt. 1695 - Settled Westchester, County, NY.
North Carolina
Memucan Hunt b. 1729 VA - d. 1808 NC
South Carolina
Esli Hunt, Sr. b. 1759, Bedford County, VA - d. 1837, Greenville, SC
Memucan Hunt b. 1729 Lunenburg, VA - d. 1808 Oxford, NC
Dr. Thomas Hunt b. abt. 1730, Unknown, - d. bef. 1801 Bedford County, VA

Hunt DNA

Since DNA can be traced along a patrilineal (father to father to father) line it can be interesting for someone studying the genealogy of a surname, theoretically at least. The Y chromosome conveniently follows our Western Europe convention on last names.

Hunt DNA Projects

Although there are now many companies offering DNA testing for genealogical purposes, Family Tree DNA is the largest. They have groups organized around surnames including this one:


This is the list of Haplogroups reported in the Hunt FTDNA, DNA study.


Hunt DNA connections on WikiTree

to Richard Hunt 1656-1719 of Charles Parish,York, Colony of Virginia - David Hunt: Y-DNA Test 37 and 67 markers, haplogroup I-M253 Relationship:
  1. David is the son of David (Hunt) Diefenderfer Sr. [unknown confidence]
  2. David is the son of Alvin Hunt [unknown confidence]
  3. Alvin is the son of Edward Hunt [unknown confidence]
  4. Edward is the son of Frank Washington Hunt [unknown confidence]
  5. Frank is the son of James Marion Hunt [unknown confidence]
  6. James is the son of Joseph Hunt [unknown confidence]
  7. Joseph is the son of James Hunt [unknown confidence]
  8. James is the son of Christopher Hunt [unknown confidence]
  9. Christopher is the son of Ralph Hunt [unknown confidence]
  10. Ralph is the son of Richard Hunt [unknown confidence]
This makes Richard the eighth great grandfather of David.

Discussion Boards

  • Hunt Q&A in G2G: WikiTree's own question and answer forum. This page gives all Q&A tagged with the surname Hunt.

Famous Hunts

Hunts on WikiTree

Here is the complete Hunt Index.

When you add yourself (if your surname is Hunt) or a Hunt relative to WikiTree your addition(s) will automatically be included on the index the following day.


  1. Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press, Ancestry.ca

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I believe I am a direct descendant of Dr. Thomas Hunt from Bedford VA; however I was wondering if anyone has information when Dr. Hunt came to Virginia from England.

Wondering if anyone has any information.

posted by Lawrence McTighe
Hey Sandra,

I have added quite a bit of information and links to the Hunt One Name Study. Thanks for getting this started!


posted by Mags Gaulden