Obviously derived from the chase, in old times a necessary art, as well as a favorite diversion. The Normans were great preservers and mightly hunters of game, and though the name is Anglo-Saxon (hunta) it is generally considered that the families bearing it are chiefly of Norman origin. Under the Norman and early Scottish kings the office of king’s hunter (Venator Regis) was one of considerable dignity. “The hunters of Polmood in Tweedsmuir pretend to have had a charter of their lands from Graeme, who broke through the Wall of Antoninus in the V. cent! Folks of Shields.
-Patronymica Britannica (1860) by Mark Antony Lower