Hunter Early Origins

Hunter comes from the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It was a name for a person who worked as a hunter or someone involved in the chase. This name is derived the Latin word venator.

Historical recordings of the name Hunter include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include Hunter, Hunters and others.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Air), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire. But while Scottish history places them in this area, we must remember that before the 5th century this Clan, held a family seat at Hy Seaain counties Derry and Tyrone, in Ireland, and were chiefs who calimes descent from King Colla da Crioch. Moving to Scotland about the 5th or 6th century they were granted lands by the Grahams at Polmood.

The Historical Hunter Surname

HUNTER. Obviously derived from the chase, in old times a necessary art, as well as a favourite. The Normans were great preservers and mighty huuters of game, and though the name is A-Sax. (hunta) it is generally considered that the families bearing it are chiefly of Norman origin. Under the Norman and early Scottish kings the office of king’s hunter (Venator Regis) was one of considerable dignity. “The huuters of Polmood in Tweedsmuir pretend to have had a charter of their lands from Graeme, who broke through the Wall of Antoninus in the V. cent! Folks of Shields.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica
Britannica: a dictionary of the family
names of the United Kingdom. London:
J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

British Surnames

There are approximately 63,237 people named Hunter in the UK. That makes it the 120th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 1,001 are named Hunter.