Heartop History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Heartop surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they 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 Heartop family

The surname Heartop 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 Heartop family

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

Heartop Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Heartop include Hartopp, Hartop and others.

Early Notables of the Heartop 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 Heartop family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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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