The ancestors of the Hunters were Norsemen.
Guilielmus Venator (William The Hunter) was born in Venables in northern France.
Norman Venator (Norman I) is referred to in a Royal Charter of King Alexander III of Scotland dated 1271.
Venator (The Hunter) was named in charters of King Alexander II of Scotland.
John Deo Venator was a witness to a deed in the Glasgow Church records of 1233.