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

The Anglo-Saxon name Hodgdon comes from the baptismal name for Roger,which was originally derived from the nickname Hodge. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hodgdon has appeared include Hodgson, Hodson, Hodsdon and others.

First found in Northumberland 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodgdon research. Another 330 words(24 lines of text) covering the year 1801 is included under the topic Early Hodgdon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Hodgdon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 97 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hodgdon arrived in North America very early:

Hodgdon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Nicholas Hodgdon, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1634

Hodgdon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Frank Hodgdon, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Stanley W. Hodgdon, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Joseph Hodgdon, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Howard Hodgdon, aged 16, who settled in America, in 1914
  • Andrew H. Hodgdon, aged 57, who settled in America, in 1914


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  • Sylvester Phelps Hodgdon (1830-1906), American painter
  • Lincoln Andrew "Drew" Hodgdon (b. 1981), American NFL football offensive lineman
  • John Hodgdon (b. 1800), American politician and farmer, founder of the town Hodgdon, Maine


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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: Miseris succurrere disco
Motto Translation: I learn to succour the distressed.

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