Hunt family page
Carole Anne Hunt (1942-2012)
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Origins of surname
This was the name given to someone who hunted wildlife for a living. In the Middle Ages the term 'hunter' was an official title, and there were different categories from game hunters on foot to the mounted huntsmen, who pursued stags and wild boar. The penalty for hunting without permission in the royal parks could be death.
The name can be found in Jersey church records from the early 17th century, although there is a big gap between the first two records - Jean son of Jean and Marie (St Helier, 1603) and Hugh son of James and Grisill Carmichill (St Helier, 1770).
Despite these early records, the name was sadly ignored by the compiler of our comprehensive list of Jersey surnames.
- Hunter, although clearly a derivation of the name, it was probably an entirely separate family, although of very limited numbers, in Jersey
Births and baptisms
Family members who served in the Great War
- Alexandre Alfred Hunt, Private RASC
- Edward John Thomas Hunt (1896- ), Mercantile Marine
- John Hunt (1899- ), Private East Surrey Regiment
- Robert Horace Hunt, ex-RMIH, Private South Staffordshire Regiment
- Wilfred William Hunt, Private Royal Jersey Garrison Battalion
- William Hunt, Private Royal Jersey Garrison Battalion
Members of the Hunt family ran three St Helier businesses in the 19th and 20th centuries. Robert Hunt established Hunt's at No 71 King Street and 28 Broad Street in 1869 as a hairdressers and wig makers. Robert was a top gun maker and his wife was a wig maker, and over the years the shop sold guns, hunting knives and all manner of items. Next door at No 69 King Street Robert's brother John took over a gunsmith in the 1870s.
Their nephew Stanley Albert Hunt established The Old Curiosity Shop in Cross Street and Wharf Street, and then moved to Conway Street, specialising in ropes and other marine supplies.
- John William Hunt was a shoe manufacturer at 10 King Street in 1841
- General merchant Albert Hunt was in business at 35 Broad Street in the 1880s
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