Show ContentsHerdopp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Herdopp is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came 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 Herdopp family

The surname Herdopp was first found in Leicestershire at Freeby, (formerly known as Freathby and Fredebi) 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

The Baronetcy of Hartopp of Freathby was created in 1619 for Edmund Hartopp (c. 1583-1652) , High Sheriff of Leicestershire 1618-1619. This baronetcy continued until Sir John Hartopp, 4th Baronet (1680-1762.)

Later in Leicestershire, the Cradock-Hartopp Baronetcy, of Freathby would be created in 1796 for Sir Edmund Cradock-Hartopp, 1st Baronet (1749-1833), High Sheriff of Leicestershire for 1781.

Early History of the Herdopp family

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Herdopp Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Herdopp are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Herdopp include: Hartopp, Hartop and others.

Early Notables of the Herdopp 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...
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Migration of the Herdopp family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Herdopp or a variant listed above: 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. on Facebook