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Subject: oritin of the surname Hakluyt
Author: Hakluyt   (guest)
Date: February 5, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Since I have roots from the British Isles, and a interest in America's Christian heritage from our Motherland, I was doing research on the Archdeacon Richard Hakluyt's Discourse of Western Planting. I soon became curious as to whether the surname was Gaelic or Scottish (the idea that he could be Welsh came to mind - given the spelling). I am an amateur language arts enthusiast since childhood and have studied language origins of words and names in the current English language and names from the various parts of the British Isles (I am English/Irish/Scottish and have married into English/Welsh decent). I came across your posts that indicated it was possibly an altered spelling from Dutch origin - based on knowledge of some Dutch words. But I know from my own works that making assumptions based on spellings can lead you down the wrong path. And I wondered why you did not seek out information from the government, church and educational institutions in the regions dating back to where Hakluyt lived at the time he authored or undersigned the discourse in question. I did a little digging and found a lecture given in 2009 at Gresham Collage England(founded in 1597). In the transcript of the lecture by Anthony Payne, I found the following information which traces the Hakluyt notable ancestry to Wales as far back as the late 1200s early 1300s. He states that Sir Walter Hakluyt was promoted to Justice over West Wales after Edward the I's conquest. And further states they produced a long the land and the family served the Royal British crown for over three centuries. Producing a long line of knights, esquires, govt. officials and priests - tracing their line form Leominster, Wales to Hereford, England where Richard found himself in service to the Tudor family. I hope this helps with your research of the family surname HAKLUYT.

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