Hardopp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hardopp is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Hartop, a place which is no longer known. The place-name is derived from the Old English word har, which meant hoar or gray, and also meant boundary, and the Old Scandinavian word topt, which meant cottage or homestead. The name as a whole means "gray cottage," or "cottage in the gray lands," or perhaps "homestead on the border."

Early Origins of the Hardopp family

The surname Hardopp was first found in Leicestershire at Freeby, a chapelry, in the parish and union of Melton-Mowbray, hundred of Framland. "The whole of the lordship belongs to Sir E. C. Hartopp, Bart. " [1]

Early History of the Hardopp family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardopp research. Another 56 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1637, 1722 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Hardopp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hardopp Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hardopp has been spelled many different ways, including Hartopp, Hartop and others.

Early Notables of the Hardopp family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir William Hartopp of Rotherby; and Job Hartop, an English adventurer, chief gunner on John Hawkins' third voyage to the Caribbean but became stranded and was captured by the Spanish. He was used...
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Migration of the Hardopp family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hardopps to arrive in North America: John Hartopp who settled in Virginia in 1654; Edward Hartopp settled in Virginia in 1637; John Hartopp settled in Virginia in 1698.



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


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