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Where did the English Hodgens family come from? What is the English Hodgens family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hodgens family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hodgens family history?The origins of the name Hodgens are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the personal name Roger. The surname is based upon the pet form Hodge. The name Roger is of Old Norman origin and came to England shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Many names came to England in this way, as King William the Conqueror encouraged the immigration of skilled tradesmen into his newly conquered country. The name Roger can be loosely translated as "fame-spear." Names based upon military prowess were quite popular in the early medieval period.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hodgens has been spelled many different ways, including Hodgins, Hodgens, Hodgin, Hodgings and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodgens research. Another 259 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1798 and 1866 are included under the topic Early Hodgens History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hodgens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Hodgens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 157 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hodgenss to arrive in North America: Thomas Hodgins who settled in New England in 1654; Margaret Hodgins settled in New York in 1823 along with Henry and James.
The Hodgens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hodgens 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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