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The earliest origins of the name Hodges date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the baptismal name Roger which was nicknamed 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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The surname Hodges was first found in Yorkshire where the first records of the name were found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. That rolls had a multitude of listings including: Johannes Hodgeson; Thomas Hogge; Johannes Hoggeson; Ebbota Hoggese and Ricardus Hoge. The last entry was listed as a servant of Roger (Hodge.) [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hodges include Hodge, Hodges and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodges research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1267, 1625, 1629, 1688, 1645, 1714, 1703 and are included under the topic Early Hodges History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the family at this time include Nathaniel Hodges M.D. (1629-1688), an English physician, known for his work during the Great Plague of London and his written account entitled Loimologia; and...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hodges Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Hodges family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hodges or a variant listed above:

Hodges Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Hodges settled in Virginia in 1623
  • John Hodges settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Benjamin Hodges, who arrived in Maryland in 1633
  • Benjamin Hodges settled in Maryland in 1633
  • Thomas Hodges, who landed in Maryland in 1633
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Hodges Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Isabella Hodges, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • James Hodges, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Joseph Hodges, who landed in Virginia in 1711
  • Samuel Hodges, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Sabastian Hodges, who arrived in New England in 1715
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Hodges Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Iyzack Hodges, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Tyzack Hodges, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Edward Hodges, who arrived in New York in 1836

Hodges Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Timothy Hodges U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Hodges Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Lloyd Hodges, who landed in Canada in 1834

Hodges Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Hodges a seaman, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Rapid" in 1836
  • Francis Hodges arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840
  • Mary Hodges arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840
  • James Hodges arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840
  • William Hodges arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848
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Hodges Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Hodges landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Oriental
  • Charles Hodges landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Hodges landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Alfred Hodges, aged 32, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Charles Hodges, aged 20, a sawyer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
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  • William V. Hodges (1878-1965), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1924, 1928, 1932; Member,Convention Vice-President, 1928; Member, Treasurer of Republican National Committee, 1924-28
  • Wilson B. Hodges, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 19th District, 1842-43
  • William S. Hodges Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 23rd District, 1948, 1952, 1954
  • William M. Hodges, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Suffolk County 1st District, 1921
  • William F. Hodges, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1952
  • William L. Hodges, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1956 (alternate), 1964; Member of Maryland State Senate District 12; Elected 1966
  • William E. Hodges, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Muskegon County 1st District, 1942
  • William D. Hodges, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Hurricane, West Virginia, 1889-93, 1897-1913
  • William B. Hodges, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1956
  • William A. Hodges, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Quincy, Massachusetts, 1894
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Hodges Historic Events



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. W J Hodges, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Francis J Hodges, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. William Sterling Hodges, American 1st Class Passenger from Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Master Dean Winston Hodges, American 1st Class Passenger from Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Master William Sterling Hodges Jr., American 1st Class Passenger from Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Mrs. Sarah Hodges, American 1st Class Passenger from Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Henry Price Hodges (d. 1912), aged 50, English Second Class passenger from Southampton, Hampshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
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  • The Family of Isham and Betsy Hodges from Virginia and Tennessee by Juanita Maxine Patton.
  • The Hodge/Hodges Book: Focus on Virginia-Tennessee-Arkansas Descendants of William Riley Hodge, M.G..
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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: Dant lucem crescentibus orti
Motto Translation: Rising from the crescents they give light.

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Citations



  1. ^ 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. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 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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