This surname of HUETTER is a Spanish name of two-fold origin. It was a habitation name from a place in the province of Cuenca. The placename is first recorded in the Latin from OPTA, but is of obscure origin. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. It was also a baptismal name meaning 'the son of Hugh'. It was a popular given name among the Normans in England, partly due to the fame of St. Hugh of Lincoln (1140-1200) who was born in Burgundy and who established the first Carthusian monastery in England. The name was also used in honour of St. Hugh of Cluny (1024-1109). In Scotland the name has been widely used as an equivalent of the Celtic Aodh meaning 'Fire'. The French Romantic novelist Victor Hugo (1802-85) was the grandson of a carpenter born in Nancy. The name is common in this form in Lorraine. Hugo himself claims descent from illustrious forebears of this name, such as Pierre-Antoine Hugo, born in 1532, who was Privy Counsellor to the Grand Duke of Lorraine, and a Louis Hugo who was a bishop. Christiaan Huygens (1629-95) who first formulated the wave theory of light, was a member of a prominent Dutch family; his grandfather, father and brother were all in the service of the Dutch royal family. His father Constantin (1596-1687) was an equally distinguished 17th century classical Dutch scholar, and knighted by James I. The name is also spelt HUERTA, HUET, HUETE and HEUTHER. A notable member of the name was Vincent Garcia de la HUERTA (1730-87) the Spanish poet and critic, born in Zafra. He was head of the Royal Library in Madrid. His famous tragedy of Raquel (1778) was based upon the story of Alfonso VIII's love for the beautiful Jewess, Rachel.
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