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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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Where did the English Hood family come from? What is the English Hood family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hood family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hood family history?

Hood is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a maker of hoods. The surname Hood is derived from the Old English words hod, hud, hood, and hodde, which all come from the Old English word hod, which means hood. Occasionally, Hood may be a local surname derived from the settlement of Hood in Rattery in Devon.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hood has appeared include Hood, Hoods, Hude, Hud, Hudd, Hode, Hoode and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hood research. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1668, 1724, 1816 and 1st are included under the topic Early Hood History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 59 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hood arrived in North America very early:

Hood Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Ralph Hood settled in Virginia in 1621
  • John Hood settled in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Richard Hood, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1650
  • Jeremiah Hood, who landed in Massachusetts in 1676
  • Thomas Hood settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682


Hood Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • David Hood, who arrived in New England in 1723
  • Elizabeth Hood, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • Joan Hood, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772

Hood Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Hood, who landed in New York in 1810
  • McClelland Hood, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Joseph Hood, aged 21, arrived in Rhode Island in 1812
  • Robert Hood, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1813
  • Peter Hood, aged 28, landed in New York, NY in 1821


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  • John Bell Hood (1831-1879), American Confederate general in the Civil War
  • William Hood (b. 1846), American Civil War soldier and chief engineer for the Central Pacific Railway
  • Major-General Reuben Columbus Jr. Hood (1907-1985), American Commander of the Headquarters Command, U.S. Air Force, Bolling AFB, D.C (1958-1959)
  • Graham Hood (b. 1972), Canadian gold medalist track and field athlete at the 1999 Pan American Games
  • James Hood (1943-2013), American civil rights pioneer, one of the first African Americans to register at the University of Alabama
  • Frederick Emmart "Ted" Hood (1927-2013), American yachtsman and Naval architect, winner of the America's Cup in 1974 skippering the yacht Courageous, inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame in 1993
  • Lucille A. "Lucy" Hood (1957-2014), American founder of Fox Mobile Entertainment, President of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (2013-2014)
  • Mr. Ambrose Hood Jr. (d. 1912), aged 21, English Second Class passenger from Fritham, Hampshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Alexander Nelson Hood (1814-1904), 1st Viscount Bridport
  • Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet and editor who wrote comic and topical verse

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The Hood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hood Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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