HATCH HAS BRITISH ORIGIN

The coat of arms for the Hatch name is ‘Gules, two demi lions passant guardant or’. The shield background is red which in heraldry stands for boldness, daring, implying a willingness to spill one’s blood for God and country. The lion is known as the king of the beasts because of his strength and courage. In heraldry he is used as a symbol of a strong, liberal minded person. ‘Or’ is the heraldic term for gold which is the color of the lions.

Hatch is an ancient English name derived from the Teutonic word ‘hacche’ meaning a door or floodgate. It is also the term for a bar across the highway in a deer forest which prevented them from escaping. As a surname it signifies a dweller at or near such a gate. The old Hatch family took its name from the place in Devonshire by the same name.

Earliest record of the Hatch families is found in Domesday Book of 1086 under the spelling ‘Hache’. In the year 1273 a William de la Hacche appears in the Hundred Rolls of Wiltshire, England, and the name of John atte Hache is entered in the Rolls of Oxfordshire.

The Devonshire Hatch family is the source of nearly every armorial Hatch. Two important Hatch branches emanated from this family including one who was a Lord and Baron of Parliament in the days of King Edward I.