Show ContentsHartopp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hartopp name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having 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 Hartopp family

The surname Hartopp 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 Hartopp family

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Hartopp 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 Hartopp has undergone many spelling variations, including Hartopp, Hartop and others.

Early Notables of the Hartopp 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 Hartopp migration to the United States +

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 Hartopp were among those contributors:

Hartopp Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Hartopp, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • John Hartopp, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [3]
  • John Hartopp who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • John Hartopp, who settled in Virginia in 1698
Hartopp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Hartopp, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1828 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hartopp (post 1700) +

  • Sir J E Craddock Hartopp,

  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) on Facebook