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

The ancient name of Hooper finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a cooper or a fitter of hoops. The surname Hooper is derived from the Old English word hop, which means hoop. Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hooper family name include Hooper, Hoopar, Hoopir 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hooper research. Another 305 words(22 lines of text) covering the year 1273 is included under the topic Early Hooper History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hooper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hooper surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Hooper Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Hooper settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Alice Hooper, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry Hooper, who arrived in Maryland in 1637
  • Jon Hooper, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Mary Hooper, who landed in Maryland in 1651

Hooper Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Nathaniel Hooper, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Leonard Hooper, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Thos Hooper, who arrived in Virginia in 1712
  • John Hooper settled in Boston in 1712
  • Henry Hooper settled with his wife and servants in Boston in 1716

Hooper Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Augustus Hooper, aged 36, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1852
  • Margt Ann Hooper, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1854
  • George Hooper, who landed in Colorado in 1873
  • Chas H Hooper, who arrived in Mississippi in 1881


  • Johnson Jones Hooper (1815-1863), American humorist
  • Tobias Paul Hooper (b. 1943), American television and film director best known for his work in the horror film genre
  • Horace Everett Hooper (1859-1922), American publisher of Encyclopędia Britannica from 1897 to 1922
  • Captain Joe Ronnie Hooper (1938-1979), American Vietnam veteran awarded the Medal of Honor and 36 other citations
  • Rear Admiral Stanford Caldwell Hooper (1884-1955), American radio pioneer who has been called "the Father of Naval Radio"
  • Reginald Hooper, Australian neurosurgeon
  • Jack Hooper, former Deputy Director Operations, Canadian Security Intelligence Service
  • Richard "Dick" Hooper (b. 1956), Irish former long-distance runner who has won the Dublin marathon three times
  • Peter Hooper (1919-1991), New Zealand teacher, writer, bookseller and conservationist
  • Thomas George "Tom" Hooper (b. 1972), British film and television director and winner of the 2011 Academy Award for Best Director


  • The Hoopes (also Hooper) Family Record: A Genealogical Record of the Hoopes Family, Descendants of Daniel Hoopes of Westtown, Chester County, Pennsylvania by Gerald Ralph Fuller et al..
  • We Travel With a Multitude; A History of the Hooper, Sharp, Adams, and Bonnifield Families and Twenty-Five Allied Families, ca. 1700 to 1970, From England, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy to the United States by Virginia Sharp Hooper.

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  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Hooper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hooper 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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