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The name Hodder finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a maker of hoods. It was originally derived from the Old English hod, which meant hood. Thus, the original bearer of the name was a make of hoods. There is an alternative origin; the name may also be of a local derivation. There was a small hamlet in Yorkshire called Hodd. The examples of the family name from that county are probably of local derivation. This make the surname a polygenetic name; that is, it has more than one origin.
The surname Hodder was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from early times.
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. Hodder has been recorded under many different variations, including Hodder, Hoddar, Hooder, Hoder, Hoader, Hoodar and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodder research. Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1279, and 1361 are included under the topic Early Hodder History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Hodder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Hodder family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 114 words (8 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 Hodder or a variant listed above:
Hodder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Hodder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Hodder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Hodder Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Hodder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Hodder Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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: Per ignem ferris vicimus
Motto Translation: Even through fire have we conquered with our sword.
The Hodder Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hodder 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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