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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 This name was supplemented by the common diminutive suffix -kin and the patronymic suffix -son, which superseded all other English patronymic suffixes during the 14th century. [1]

Early Origins of the Hobkinson family

The surname Hobkinson was first found in Cheshire, where Richard Hobbekynessone was found at Putnam in 1354. Later, in the historic English county of Yorkshire, John Hopkynson was listed in 1469. [2]

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

Notables of the family at this time include William Hopkinson (fl. 1583), English divine, graduated B.A. in 1567 from St. John's College, Cambridge, and was a minister in Lincolnshire, perhaps at Kirton in Lindsey in that county. [3] John Hopkinson (1610-1680), was an English antiquary, son of George Hopkinson of Lofthouse, near Leeds, by his second wife, Judith, daughter of John Langley of...
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Migration of the Hobkinson 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: Daniel Hopkinson settled in Virginia in 1637; with his wife Michele; Charles and Joseph Hopkinson arrived in Philadelphia in 1853.

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook