The surname of HOLLETT was a baptismal name 'the son of Hugh or Hew', an ancient font name. After the Crusades in Europe in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, a need was felt for a family name to replace the one given at birth, or in addition to it. This was recognized by those of noble birth, and particularly those who went on the Crusades, as it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. The name is also spelt HEWLETT, HOWLETT, HULETT, HULEATT, HULET and HULLET. Early records of the name mention William Hulot, recorded in the year 1273, County Yorkshire. Adam Howlet was documented in County Somerset, during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Johannes Houlot, listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. The acquisition of surnames in Europe during the past eight hundred years has been affected by many factors, including social class and social structure, naming practices in neighbouring cultures, and indigenous cultural tradition. On the whole, the richer and more powerful classes tended to acquire surnames earlier than the working classes and the poor, while surnames were quicker to catch on in urban areas than in more sparsely populated rural areas. These facts suggest that the origin of surnames is associated with the emergence of bureaucracies. As long as land tenure, military service, and fealty were matters of direct relationship between a lord and his vassals, the need did not arise for fixed distinguishing epithets to mark out one carl from another. But as societies became more complex, and as such matters as the management of tenure and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to have a more complex system of nomenclature to distinguish one individual from another reliably and unambiguously. Later instances of the name mention Alice Dorothy Howlett who was baptised at St. Thomas The Apostle, London in 1673. Anne, daughter of Thomas and Dorothy Howlett was baptised at St. Thomas the Apostle, London in 1684. John, son of John Howlet was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1684.
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