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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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You can see how Hunt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hunt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hunt families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 620 Hunt families living in New York. This was about 21% of all the recorded Hunt's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Hunt families in 1840.
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What did your Hunt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hunt. 16% of Hunt men worked as a Farmer and 6% of Hunt women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hunt were Truck Driver and Maid.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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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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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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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