Origins of Salt:
This name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is an English geographical surname from the town of Salt in Staffordshire, noted as "Selte" in the Domesday Book of 1086, and as "Salt" in the 1167 Pipe Rolls of that division. The name acquires from the Olde English pre 7th Century "selte" which means a salt-pit. At the start of the century, there were salt works within two miles of the town. Geographical Surnames were regularly derived by local landholders, or by the king of the palace, and particularly by those old residents of a place who had shifted to another area, and were there best recognized by the name of their mother town. The surname from this source first listed at the end of the 12th Century. One William de Saut shows in the 1203 Staffordshire Pleas Rolls and an Alyce Salte in the Burial Registers of St. James' parish, Clerkenwell, London, dated 1599. William Salt (1805 - 1863) was a Staffordshire antiquary who made archaeological collections from the division. He was also a part of the Royal Society of Literature.
More common variations are: Sault, Sealt, Salat, Salto, Salti, Salta, Salet, Salut, Salot, Salte
The surname Salt first appeared in Staffordshire where the surname is infinite and there is a hamlet named Salt located there. During the rule of Henry III., Ivo de Saut held one knight's fee in Saut, of the Barony of Stafford.
The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Nicholas de (of) Salt, dated about 1199, in the "Assize Court Rolls of Staffordshire." It was during the time of King Richard 1 who was known to be the “The Lionheart," dated 1189 - 1199. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling variations of the original one.
Many of the people with surname Salt had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Salt landed in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Salt who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included William Salt, who landed in Virginia in 1663.
People with the surname Salt who landed in the United States in the 18th century included Joseph Salt, who landed in America in 1760-1763.
The following century saw more Salt surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Salt who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Samuel Salt, who landed in New York in 1843.
Some of the people with the surname Salt who came to Canada in the 18th century included Mr. Maurice Salt U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte Division, New Brunswick near the year 1784 member of the Port Matoon Association.
Some of the individuals with the surname Salt who landed in Australia in the 19th century included Thomas Salt, English prisoner from Derby, who shifted aboard the "Andromeda" in October 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia. Abraham Salt, aged Esther, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839. Richard Salt, Ann Salt and Richard Salt, all arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in the same year 1849.
Some of the population with the surname Salt who arrived in New Zealand in the 19th century included William Bates Salt came to Nelson aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842. Thomas Salt, Jane Salt, Edward Salt and Eliza Salt, all arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Shepherd" in the same year 1870.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Salt: England 5,775; Turkey 2,550; United States 1,387; Australia 880; South Africa 822; Canada 718; Philippines 451; New Zealand 395; Namibia 326; Germany 303.
Charlotte Salt (born 1985), is an English actress.
Edward William Salt (1881–1970), was a British leader.
Henry Salt (Egyptologist) (1780–1827), was an English artist, explorer, and politician.