Hueting Family Origins

The origin of the Hueting Family name, the family Coat of Arms and some famous Ancestors.

This is based on research by Jan Nijland, also a descendent of the Hueting Line. (See the Dutch version for an edited version of his findings).

The ancestral home.

An estate, or at least a substantial farm called Huetinck in Winch, Gelderland, The Netherlands was mentioned in the records as early as 1378.

This estate is mentioned in the Registry of tenancy of the Vortendom (barony) Gelre en Graafschap (Dukedom) Zutphen: In 1378 Gerrit Ombescheiden receives this estate in tenancy. Tenants are recorded up to the 19th Century.

This estate may have had various families living there over the centuries, who may have adopted the name. While the name was originally recorded as Huetinck, this is enthymologically the same as the subsequent spellings Huetink and Hueting.

It was recorded in 1936 that the ancestors of G.J Huetink orginated from the farm Huetink, in Westerdorp, Winch in the Parish of Vasseveld, Province of Gelderland, The Netherlands. The earliest known ancestor was Arent Huetink, born ca 1725.

The meaning of the name

There are a couple of possibilities, as the name would have been in a (now extinct) dialect.

The –ing or –inck suffix is most probably an old Saxon suffix referring to the tribe or family. (cf Barking, England).

Huet: this may mean hut, place of shelter. So Hueting, the people from the Hut, one that has gron to a substantial farmstead.

Alternatively Huet may be related to the modern Dutch "hoedde" this means keeping of livestock especially geese, goose-herding. This may tie in with the coat of arms, showing a duck – perhaps this originally was a goose. So Hueting – a family that kept geese.

Early recorded Huetincks


The coat of arms.

Three versions are known.

  1. From the seal of Goosen Huetink, ca 1640 (colour unknown). This has a duck on the upper half and 7 rings underneath (the colours cannot be determined from the seals. He believes the 7 rings are the coat of arms of the Van Holt family, in which case there must have been a marriage alliance, leading to the combination of the arms. The layout of the rings is 3-3-1.
  2. According to the Arms Chart of Utrecht; the ams of van Wilhelmus, son of Goosen. According to Dr. Hoitink. The bird is possibly a dove. The layout of the rings is 2-3-2 in blue?. (Due to the heraldic rule the rings on silver and of blue (metal; faithful)).
  3. According to the Book of Arms of Rietstap, published 1884-1887 with more than 120,000 coats of arms (over the whole world). This shows a silver martlet on red. (A martlet is a bird with no beak or legs. In English heraldry this is usually a swallow, while in the Netherlands more often a duck)

The Coat of Arms of he town of Genderingen may be that of the Huetings. The description is as follows: Top half A silver gander on a azure (blue) background. Bottom half: Three red rings on a silver background. This Coat of Arms was confirmed in 1929. The origins are given by K. Sierksma in "De Gemeentewapens van Nederland" (The local-authority Coats of Arms of the Netherlands). From 1838 a seal is known of the "Stadthouder der Heerlijkheden Gendringen en Etten" ("Governer of the manors of Gendringen and Etten") consisting of that Coat of Arms. According to local legend the name Gendringen derives from this coat of Arms (Gent = gander and ringen rings) because here on the river "Oude IJssel" groups of geese would graze. To identify the owner these would wear rings. (This is only folk-enthymology Gendringen was in the 13th Century Gendrichem from Gandert meaning hard, strong.

The "stadthouder" concerned must have ben Gosuinus Huetinck who would have used his family seal - the bird and the rings. However the estate of Huetinck was situated in Wisch, which also lies on the "Oude IJssel". Goose keeping would have ong been established here, this was common in the Middle ages. The bird on the Hueting Coat of arms thus may well originally have been a goose. The seven rings may have been chosen for the lucky or holy number.



i Nederlandse Leeuw, 1936 Pg 348-49 Muschart reports finding records.

ii Nederlandse Leeuw, 1936 Pg 348-49 Muschart reports finding the seal.