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

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

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Hodge came from the baptismal name Roger which was nicknamed Hodge. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hodge has been recorded under many different variations, including Hodge, Hodges and others.

First found in Yorkshire where the first records of the name were found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. That rolls had a multitude of listings including: Johannes Hodgeson; Thomas Hogge; Johannes Hoggeson; Ebbota Hoggese and Ricardus Hoge. The last entry was listed as a servant of Roger (Hodge.) [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodge research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1267, 1625, 1629, 1688, 1645, 1714, 1703 and are included under the topic Early Hodge History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hodge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hodge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hodge or a variant listed above:

Hodge Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Hodge settled in Maine in 1623
  • Edward Hodge, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Thomas Hodge, who landed in Maryland in 1670
  • Robert Hodge, who arrived in Maryland in 1679
  • John Hodge, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

Hodge Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Hodge, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1731

Hodge Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Hodge, aged 20, arrived in New York, NY in 1842
  • George F Hodge, who landed in Colorado in 1878
  • Clark Hodge, who landed in Arkansas in 1893


  • Frederick W. Hodge (1864-1956), English-born, American editor, anthropologist, archaeologist, and historian
  • General John Reed Hodge (1893-1963), American Chief of the Office of Army Field Forces (1952-1953)
  • Abdul Hodge (b. 1983), American NFL football linebacker
  • Albert "Al" E. Hodge (1912-1979), American actor, best known for playing space adventurer Captain Video (1950 to 1955) the Green Hornet on radio (1936 to 1943)
  • Al Hodge (1951-2006), American guitarist and songwriter
  • Archibald Alexander Hodge (1823-1886), American Presbyterian leader, Principal of Princeton Seminary between 1878 and 1886
  • Robert J. "Bob" Hodge (1955-1979), American distance runner who came 3rd in the 1979 Boston Marathon
  • Charles Hodge (1797-1878), American Principal of Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Daniel "Danny" Allen Hodge (b. 1932), American silver medalist professional boxer and wrestler
  • Harold Hodge (1904-1990), American toxicologist, first president of the Society of Toxicology



  • Philo Hodge (1756-1842) of Roxbury, Connecticut by Barbara Jean Matthews.
  • The Hodge/Hodges Book: Focus on Virginia-Tennessee-Arkansas Descendants of William Riley Hodge, M.G..

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dant lucem crescentibus orti
Motto Translation: Rising from the crescents they give light.


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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  11. ...

The Hodge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hodge 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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