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

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

The history of the name Hopper dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a dancer. The surname Hopper is derived from the Old English word hoppian, which means to hop, to leap, or to dance.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hopper has undergone many spelling variations, including Hopper, Hawper, Happer and others.

First found in Durham 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 Hopper research. Another 285 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1220 and 1275 are included under the topic Early Hopper History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Hopper family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hopper were among those contributors:

Hopper Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Hopper, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • Marmaduke Hopper, who landed in Maryland in 1669
  • Dorothy Hopper, who landed in Maryland in 1674
  • Robert Hopper arrived in Philadelphia in 1686

Hopper Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • David Hopper, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Christian Hopper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Anthony Hopper settled in Maryland in 1775

Hopper Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Hopper, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1824
  • William Hopper, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Robert Hopper, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845-1846
  • L Hopper, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James Hopper, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1852


  • Grace Brewster Murray Hopper Ph.D. (1906-1992), American Rear Admiral who was a pioneer in the development of the electronic computer, believed to be the only mathematician to have a warship named after her, the USS Hopper (DDG-70)
  • Dennis Lee Hopper (1936-2010), American two-time Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe nominated actor, writer, and director
  • Edward Hopper (1882-1967), American realist painter and printmaker
  • Nicholas J Hopper, American Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota
  • Hedda Hopper (1885-1966), born Elda Furry, American actress and gossip columnist
  • William DeWolf Hopper (1858-1935), American actor, singer, comedian, and theatrical producer
  • Monroe Hopper (1927-2013), American gospel musician (The Hoppers), inducted into Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2012)
  • Robert Clay Hopper (1902-1976), American professional baseball player and manager, inducted into the International League Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Jerry Hopper (1907-1988), American film and television director in the mid-1940s through the early 1970s, known for his work on The Private War of Major Benson (1955), Madron (1970) and The Fugitive (1963)
  • Isaac Tatem Hopper (1771-1852), American abolitionist in Philadelphia, treasurer and book agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society



  • Ancestors and Descendants of Patty Backburn Davis: Davis, Hopper, Mays, Smith, Terrel, Blackburn, Bolton, Hale: Including Local History and Memorabilia of Barbourville, Kentucky, and Surrounding Areas by Patty Dahm Pascoe.
  • A Study of the West-Hopper and Allied Families by George Henry West.

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: Subditus fidelis regis est salus regni
Motto Translation: A faithful subject of the king is a preserver of the monarchy.


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  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The Hopper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hopper 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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