From Where Does The Surname Originate? meaning and history
This surname is derived from an occupation. or offic. ‘the hunter.’ The earlier form is hunte; v. Hunt. While Hunt is very common I can only find one Hunter in the Hundred Rolls (1273). It became popular soon after, however, as our directories clearly prove.
Adam le Huntere, Close Roll, 52 Henry III.
Nicholas Hunter, Yorkshire, 1273. Hundred Rolls.
Thomas le Hunter, c. 1300. Writs of Parliament.— A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames (1896) by Charles Wareing Endell Bardsley