The name Hobkinson is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from the name Hobb,
a pet form of the personal name Robert.
This name was supplemented by the common diminutive suffix -kin
and the patronymic
which superseded all other English patronymic suffixes during the 14th century.
Early Origins of the Hobkinson family
The surname Hobkinson was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Hobkinson family
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Hobkinson 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 Hobkinson include Hopkinson, Hobkinson and others.
Early Notables of the Hobkinson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hobkinson family to the New World and Oceana
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: Daniel Hopkinson settled in Virginia in 1637; with his wife Michele; Charles and Joseph Hopkinson arrived in Philadelphia in 1853.