Early records reveal that this surname originated in England. The surname Hatcher can be classified as a so-called topographic name, that is, one which referred to a certain feature in the landscape, in this case, refers to person who lives on the entry of woods or in the entry of a market. The ravages of time are the worst enemies of written documents; while the stone that was used to construct castles, towers and other structures often assured that these precious monuments were to survive to the present day, old scrolls were more often than not lost or even destroyed without leaving a trace. Nonetheless, careful research has revealed the following: The earliest written references to persons bearing this surname pertain to: Gilbert ad Hacce (mentioned in a document from the year 1185, and later, a Adam del hach (his name being recorded in a document dated 1221). There was also a John Hetchere (mentioned in the year 1297), and later, Andrew Hatcher (appearing in a document from 1560). Centuries ago, many families displayed mottoes – concise phrases which might express… Coat of arms: Azure a chevron between six escallops arg…
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