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


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hoo are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Hoo include: Hoo, Hooe, Hou, Whoo, Ho and others.

First found in on the southeastern coast of England, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoo research. Another 473 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, and 1273 are included under the topic Early Hoo History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hoo or a variant listed above: C. Hoe, who sailed to Virginia in 1655; John Hoe to Barbados in 1694; Mary and Richard Hoe to New York in 1820 with five children.


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