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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Hudspeth, Hochepied, Hochepiet, Hodepiet, Hodespiet, Huddespeth, Hudspethe, Hudseth, Hedgespeth, Hudgpeth, Hedgepeth, Huddeseth and many more.

First found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It hold great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hedgepeth research. Another 276 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hedgepeth History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hedgepeth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Hedgepath, who settled in Virginia in 1677; William Hudspeth, who settled in Allegheny Co., PA in 1844; J. C. Hudspeth, who came to San Francisco in 1851.

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  • Whitney Lynne Hedgepeth (b. 1971), American seven-time gold, four-time silver and bronze medalist swimmer
  • Marion "the Handsome Bandit" Hedgepeth (1856-1909), American Wild West outlaw, also known as the Debonair Bandit, the Derby Kid and the Montana Bandit, one of the fastest guns in the Wild, Wild West


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  7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  8. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Hedgepeth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hedgepeth 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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