Heardop History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Heardop name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It 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 Heardop family

The surname Heardop 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 Heardop family

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Heardop Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Heardop were recorded, including Hartopp, Hartop and others.

Early Notables of the Heardop 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 Heardop family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Heardop family emigrate to 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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