Hatchett Family Pages

Discovering our British and (eventually) worldwide ancestors and relatives.

Charles Hatchett (1765 - 1847)

Charles Hatchett (1765-1847) was a member of the Royal Society. He mixed with many of the most famous scientists of the early nineteenth century. He studied and wrote about geology, mineralogy and chemistry. He is credited with discovering the element Niobium. After his father died, he returned to the family business of coachmaking. Hatchetts made coaches for the King and other royal houses of Europe. In 1790 his father sent him to St. Petersburg to deliver a coach to Catherine the Great.


A website, still under development, of Hatchett genealogy. Origin of the name: (According to The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland) England: Nickname from Middle English hachet(te) 'small axe', Old French hachete, evidently an occupational name for a hatchet maker or user. There are currently about 472 Hatchetts in GB and 25 in Ireland. In 1881 there were 326 Hatchetts scattered in GB with concentrations in London, Hertfordshire and Staffordshire. Current website status: Media (thousands of items) uploaded. Working on links.

John Hatchett (1844 - 1899)

Born and lived in Hugglescote, Leicestershire. No relationship has been established with John and Charles Hatchett the famous coachmakers of London, but coincidently this John Hatchett was also a coachmaker and wheelwright. He had 10 children.