Show ContentsHartop History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Hartop family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Hartop comes from 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 Hartop family

The surname Hartop 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 Hartop family

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

Hartop Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hartop has appeared include Hartopp, Hartop and others.

Early Notables of the Hartop family

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 as...
  • Sir John Hartopp (1637?-1722), was an English nonconformist, born about 1637, the only son of Sir Edward Hartopp, bart., of Freeby, Leicestershire. [2]


United States Hartop migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hartop arrived in North America very early:

Hartop Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Hartop, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [3]
Hartop Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Percy Hartop, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Mellon, England, in 1907
  • Georgina Hartop, aged 32, who landed in America from Bradford, England, in 1910
  • Godfrey Hartop, aged 5, who immigrated to America from Bradford, England, in 1910
  • Muriel Hartop, aged 3, who landed in America from Bradford, England, in 1910
  • Archibald Maurice Hartop, aged 32, who settled in America from Croydon, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hartop migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hartop Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Hartop, English convict who was convicted in Shropshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Bardaster" on 7th September 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]


  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. 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)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bardaster


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