The English, Scottish, and Irish surname Hunt is of occupational origin.The name Hunt is derived from the Old English term hunta meaning “to hunt.” The term was used not only of the hunting on horseback of game such as stags and wild boars, but also to much humbler forms of pursuit such as bird catching and poaching for food. The word seems also to have been used as an Old English personal name and to have survived into the Middle Ages as an occasional personal name. The name Hunt is first recorded in the Domesday book in 1086. Today there are more than 155,000 bearers of the family name Hunt living in The United States.
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