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

Hogg was first used as a name by Viking settlers in ancient Scotland. It was a name for a careful and prudent person. While in England, this name is derived from the animal and is there a metonymic surname (a surname derived from the principle object associated with a trade or occupation), in Scotland it is derived from the Old English word hoga, which means prudent. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.


Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations of the name Hogg include Hogg, Hogge, Hoag, Hogue, Hoig and others.

First found in Durham, where they were located 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 Hogg research. Another 269 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1543, 1583, 1680, 1658, 1734, 1770, 1835, 1792, 1862 and are included under the topic Early Hogg History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 161 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hogg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hogg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Hogg or a variant listed above, including:

Hogg Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Hogg, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Neile Hogg, who landed in New England in 1651-1652
  • John Hogg, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651
  • Daniel Hogg settled in Boston in 1651 along with John and Neile
  • Daniell Hogg, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651

Hogg Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • George Hogg, who arrived in New England in 1732
  • Joseph Hogg, who landed in New England in 1754
  • Peter Hogg, who arrived in Virginia in 1782

Hogg Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Hogg, aged 47, landed in North Carolina in 1812
  • David Hogg, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1815
  • Alexander Hogg, who arrived in America in 1830
  • Andrew Hogg, who landed in New York, NY in 1830
  • William Hogg, who arrived in New York in 1830


  • James Hogg (1851-1906), American politician, governor of Texas (1891-1895)
  • J. Bernard Hogg (1908-1994), American labor historian
  • Robert Vincent "Bob" Hogg (b. 1924), American statistician
  • James Hogg (1770-1835), Scottish poet and novelist
  • Sir Ian Leslie Trower Hogg (1911-2003), British naval commander
  • Alexander Wilson Hogg (1841-1920), Member of Parliament for Masterton, in the North Island of New Zealand
  • Ima Hogg (1882-1975), philanthropist and patron of the arts
  • Ian V. Hogg (1926-2002), British author of of over 150 books on firearms, artillery, ammunition, and fortification
  • George Aylwin Hogg (1914-1945), British adventurer and journalist in China
  • Peter Wardell Hogg CC, QC, FRSC (b. 1939), New Zealand-born, Canadian constitutional scholar



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: Dat gloria vires
Motto Translation: Glory gives strength.



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