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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.

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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.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat from early times.


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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.

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

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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.

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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


  • Edwin Hodder brought his family to land he purchased in Pennsylvania and joined a large group of English settlers who arrived in 1635

Hodder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Hodder settled in Trinity Bay in 1780

Hodder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John H Hodder, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1854

Hodder Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Richard Hodder was a proprietor of a fishing room at Rider's Harbour in 1800

Hodder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Hodder, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington"

Hodder Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Walter Hodder landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • Walter Hodder, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Emma Hodder, aged 27, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Mary Hodder, aged 10 months, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Edwin Hodder arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857

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  • J. Alan Hodder, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1948
  • Frank Heywood Hodder (1860-1935), American historian, professor first at Cornell University (1885 to 1890)
  • Kane Hodder (b. 1955), American actor and stuntman
  • Jim Hodder (1947-1990), American musician
  • Mr. James Hodder (d. 1915), English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • William "Bill" Hodder, English footballer in the late 19th century
  • Stephen Hodder (b. 1956), English architect, winner of the RIBA's Stirling Prize in 1996
  • Robin Godfrey Hodder (1937-2006), Australian bronze medalist field hockey player at the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • Jim Hodder (b. 1940), former Canadian politician for Port au Port in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
  • Errol Raymond Hodder (1938-1982), Australian branch secretary of the Australian Workers' Union (1982 to 1988) in Queensland

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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.

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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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