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Origins of the Hunt surname

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What does the name Hunt mean?

Hunt is an English occupational surname, where it has been discovered in records dating back to as early as the 1200s. It was given to those who partook in the hunt, were hunters, or huntsmen. Hunt can be seen in Ireland as an anglicisation of 'O Fiachna' (the chase), a name prevalent in Sligo and Roscommon. Although from different origins (meaning 'wolf' in Estonian), Hunt is a popular surname in Estonia.

Alternative variations of the name Hunt

Hunt, Hunte, Hunter, Huntar, Hund

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Where do most Hunts live?

In 1921, most Hunts lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Hunts

How common is your surname?

69th most common surname in the UK

We have 416,000 records for the Hunt surname. The oldest one dates back to 1194.

Who were Hunts most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Hunt first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Hunt family members

Common jobs for Hunts

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Hunts in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Hunts in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer




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