The surname Hapgood was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1280 when John Hauegod was on record in Somerset.
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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 Hapgood has undergone many spelling variations, including Hapgood, Habgood, Havegood, Habbgood, Abgood and many more.
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 Hapgood were among those contributors:
Hapgood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Shadrach Hapgood, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1656 
Shadrach Hapgood, who settled in Massachusetts in 1656, aboard the "Speedwell"
Hapgood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
N Hapgood, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 
John Hapgood, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852
Charles Hapgood, aged 58, who arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "LaChampagne" from Havre, France 
Norman Hapgood, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Saint Louis" from Southampton, England
Hapgood Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Norman Hapgood, aged 51, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Frederik VIII" from Copenhagen, Denmark 
Elizabeth Hapgood, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Frederik VIII" from Copenhagen, Denmark 
Elizabeth Hapgood, aged 1, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Frederik VIII" from Copenhagen, Denmark 
Norman Hapgood, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Frederik VIII" from Copenhagen, Denmark 
William C. Hapgood, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Lake Greenbrier" from Gibraltar, Spain
^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)