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Where did the English Hodges family come from? What is the English Hodges family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hodges family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hodges family history?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.
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.
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.) 
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.
Another 111 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hodges Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Hodges Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Hodges Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Hodges Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Hodges Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Hodges Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Hodges 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: Dant lucem crescentibus orti
Motto Translation: Rising from the crescents they give light.
The Hodges Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hodges 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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