The Hepton surname is thought to be derived from one of several place names in West Yorkshire
. The place names come from the Old English "heope," or "(rose) hip," and "denu," which meant "valley."
Early Origins of the Hepton family
The surname Hepton was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from early times. In 1120 the manor of Hebden was granted by Roger de Mowbray to Uctred de Hebden, who was a descendant of Uctred, Earl of Northumberland.
Early History of the Hepton family
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Hepton 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 Hepton were recorded, including Hebden, Hebdon, Heberden, Hepden, Habton, Habdon, Hibdon, Hibden, Ebdon and many more.
Early Notables of the Hepton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hepton family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hepton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Hepton, aged 25, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
- Sarah Hepton, aged 27, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
- Henry Hepton, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874
The Hepton Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Re e merito
Motto Translation: This through merit.