Hunt Family History

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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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Hutt, Hunn, Bunt, Hand, Quint, Hundt, Huet, Hurt, Funt, Mount

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Hunt Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hunt name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hunt. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Hunt Family Origin

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Hunt Family Occupations

What did your Hunt ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hunt. The most common Hunt occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Hunt's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Hunt family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Hunt ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Hunt Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Hunt. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hunt census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 125,000 immigration records available for the last name Hunt. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 219,000 military records available for the last name Hunt. For the veterans among your Hunt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hunt Life Expectancy

What is the average Hunt lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hunt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1942. The average life expectancy for Hunt in 1940 was 55, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hunt ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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