Thursday, April 9, 2015

H is for Hunter


Hunter is not only my mother's maiden name but also the name of my son.  He was going to be named Noah until about a week before I had him.  Something mad me want a family name; something that had meaning.  

Some information on the Hunter surname : Recorded as Huntar, Hunter, and the female Huntress and Huntriss, this ancient surname is of Anglo-Scottish origins. The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th Century word "hunta", from "huntian", meaning to hunt, with the agent suffix "-er", meaning one who does or works with.   One of the earliest settlers in the New World was Francis Hunter who sailed from the port of London aboard the ship "Thomas and John" bound for Virginia, in June 1635.  

Read more: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Hunter#ixzz3WkfksCKs

In my Legacy database there are currently 87 people with the Hunter Surname.  I am currently at a brick wall with my 4th great grandfather Peter C. Hunter (b. abt. 1785 in Luzerne, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania and d. abt. 1841 in Jackson Township, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania).

A sample of the Hunter's in my Legacy database.  The green check marks are direct line ancestors.
From the statistics report in Legacy (Reports tab and then Statistics Report) I was able to find out how many Hunter's are in my database {see image below.}


Legacy will also create a graph showing your top 10 most popular surnames. {I added the numbers and Hunter}.


Below is a map from MooseRoots showing the frequency of the Hunter surname across the United States.



2012 Hunter family reunion :

We had each family pick a color and everyone in that family wore the color to help us figure out who belonged to who.  This is a good representation of our Hunter family but there were quite a few missing.
Hunter with my niece, Emily, and nephew, Owen.  The oldest to the youngest of the great grandchildren.  {Owen is also named after the Hunter's; his middle name is William which is his great grandfather's name.}
Do you have any family names used in your family??

See you tomorrow for the letter I!

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