Hungate Family Crest & Coat of Arms
From Dougdale's Visitation of Yorkshire, 1665
Arms:- Gules, a chevron engrailed between three hounds sejeant Argent.
Crest:- A hound as in the arms.
Note: For those Hungates and Hungate relations with the ability to read and use .pdf files, I have produced a Hungate family Coat-of-Arms notecard which is on an 8.5x11 page but can be folded into fourths for a nice sized notecard.
The Hungate family originated in the City of York, England. (See "Drake's Erboracum") In some old maps it is written Hundgate. During the Danish Conquest and occupation of NorthumberIand, the City of York was their capital. All the streets are called gates. There is one short and narrow street called Hungate. It goes down to the river Foss from St. Saviours Gate and it is near the site of an ancient dock where it is thought the Royal Kennel was located and that the dogs were used in hunting in the forest of Galpes, then adjoining the City.
The Danish word for dog is hund. Hence, the narrow street leading down to the river was called Hund Gate, corrupted to Hungate. Afterwards, this street became a commercial center and merchants lived near it. The family of Hungate, doubtless, took its name from this street.
The Small Hand Shown in the Hungate Family Coat-of-Arms
Here is an explanation of the small hand that is shown in the family Coat-of-Arms. Quoting from the book "The Scotch-Irish in America", by Henry James Ford, Professor of Politics at Princeton University, written in 1915.
It would appear that the first Hungate Baronet, Sir Phillip
Hungate (c.1572-1655) was one who agreed to support the required
number of colonists for the required length of time.