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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 "this name in the North of England is pronounced Hodgin, while in the South it has taken not only the pronunciation, but the spelling, of Hodson or Hudson. The name of Hodgson is ancient at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, being found in records of temp. Edward I., and the Hodgsons of Stella and Acton, co. Northumberland, trace a clear pedigree to 1424. " [1] Confirming the Northumberland heritage, another reference states: "as far back as the 15th century they were more numerous in Northumberland than they are at present." [2] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Johannes Hodgeson; and Johannes Hojegeson. [3]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodgdon research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1801, 1591, 1616 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Hodgdon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are 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. More information 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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  • Walter Hodgdon, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Newton, Massachusetts, 1953
  • Moses A. Hodgdon, American politician, Member of New Hampshire Governor's Council, 1868-70
  • Jean B. Hodgdon, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1972
  • Hiram Hodgdon, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 4th District, 1879-80
  • Forrest W. Hodgdon, American Republican politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Tuftonboro, 1956; Elected New Hampshire State Senate 4th District 1956
  • Edward P. Hodgdon, American politician, Mayor of Dover, New Hampshire, 1875-76
  • Arthur L. Hodgdon, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 6th District, 1891-92
  • Anderson Dana Hodgdon, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Prague, 1924; Stuttgart, 1926; U.S. Consul in Berlin, 1938
  • Sylvester Phelps Hodgdon (1830-1906), American painter
  • Lincoln Andrew "Drew" Hodgdon (b. 1981), American NFL football offensive lineman

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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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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. 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.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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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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