Hopwoods History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Hopwoods name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the settlement of Hopwood in the county of Lancashire. The surname Hopwoods belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names.

Early Origins of the Hopwoods family

The surname Hopwoods was first found in Lancashire at Hopwood, a township, in the parish of Middleton, union of Bury, hundred of Salford. "A family of the local name was seated here for many centuries, probably from Saxon times. In 1359, Adam de Hopwood was one of the inquisition at Preston held before Thomas de Seton and others, justices, to determine a dispute between Henry, Duke of Lancaster, and Roger de la Warre. On the death of Dr. Robert Hopwood, in the early part of the eighteenth century, when the family became extinct, the estates passed to the Gregges, who assumed the additional name of Hopwood. Hopwood Hall is an old-fashioned house, pleasing in aspect and agreeable in situation, with tolerably extensive pleasure-grounds, tastefully laid out." [1]

Important Dates for the Hopwoods family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hopwoods research. Another 54 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 129 and 1298 are included under the topic Early Hopwoods History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hopwoods Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hopwoods has undergone many spelling variations, including Hopwood, Hopwoods, Hipwood, Hapwood, Hobwoods and many more.

Early Notables of the Hopwoods family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Hopwoods Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hopwoods family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hopwoods were among those contributors: Edward Hopwood was one of the founders of Salem Massachusetts in 1630; Joe Hopwood settled in Barbados in 1635; Mathew Hopwood settled in Virginia in 1663..

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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