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Origins Available: Borderlands, English

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Hodge came 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.


The surname Hodge 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]

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hodge has been recorded under many different variations, including Hodge, Hodges and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodge 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 Hodge History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 111 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hodge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hodge 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.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hodge or a variant listed above:

Hodge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Hodge settled in Maine in 1623
  • Edward Hodge, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Thomas Hodge, who landed in Maryland in 1670
  • Robert Hodge, who arrived in Maryland in 1679
  • John Hodge, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

Hodge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Hodge, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1731

Hodge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Hodge, aged 20, arrived in New York, NY in 1842
  • George F Hodge, who landed in Colorado in 1878
  • Clark Hodge, who landed in Arkansas in 1893

Hodge Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Stepn Hodge, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Timothy Hodge U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784

Hodge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Hodge, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Hodge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australian" in 1837
  • John Hodge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "City Of Adelaide" in 1839
  • Elijah Hodge, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Matthew H. Hodge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849

Hodge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Hodge, aged 26, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • R P Hodge landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • Andrew Hodge, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Sarah Hodge, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • John Hodge, aged 2, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842


  • Philip Gibson Hodge Jr. (1920-2014), American engineer who specialized in mechanics of elastic and plastic behavior of materials
  • Walter Hartman Hodge (1896-1975), American lawyer and judge
  • William Hodge (1874-1932), American director, producer, performer and writer
  • Paul W. Hodge (b. 1934), American astronomer, editor of the Astronomical Journal from 1984-2004
  • Megan Hodge (b. 1988), American two-time gold and bronze medalist volleyball player at Penn State
  • Julius Hodge (b. 1983), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Harold Hodge (1904-1990), American toxicologist, first president of the Society of Toxicology
  • Daniel "Danny" Allen Hodge (b. 1932), American silver medalist professional boxer and wrestler
  • Charles Hodge (1797-1878), American Principal of Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Robert J. "Bob" Hodge (1955-1979), American distance runner who came 3rd in the 1979 Boston Marathon



  • Philo Hodge (1756-1842) of Roxbury, Connecticut by Barbara Jean Matthews.
  • The Hodge/Hodges Book: Focus on Virginia-Tennessee-Arkansas Descendants of William Riley Hodge, M.G..

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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  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. 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.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Hodge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hodge 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.

This page was last modified on 18 April 2016 at 09:30.

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