The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Hobton family name to the British Isles. They lived in Hopton, Shropshire
. The name is derived from the Old English words "hop" + "tun" and literally means "farmstead in a small enclosed valley or enclosed plot of land." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
There are numerous entries in the Domesday Book
with various spellings: Hotune, Hopetuna, Opetune, and Hoptone. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early Origins of the Hobton family
The surname Hobton was first found in Shropshire
where Hopton Castle, Hopton Heath and Hopton Wafers are found. Hopton Castle built by one of the Hopton family, is located in the village of the same name and dates back to at least the 12th century as a motte and bailey. The last Walter Hopton died during the Wars of the Roses and the castle passed by marriage to the Corbet family of Moreton Corbet castle. The Battle of Hopton Heath took place during the First English Civil War, on Sunday 19 March 1643 between Parliamentarian forces led by Sir John Gell, 1st Baronet
and Sir William Brereton and a Royalist force. Hopton is also located in Derbyshire
and Upper Hopton is found in West Yorkshire
. Hopton-on-Sea is a village, civil parish in Norfolk
. Some of the family were found at Armley in the West Riding of Yorkshire
at one time. "Armley House is a noble mansion of the Ionic order, situated in an extensive and richly-wooded park. The old Hall, anciently the residence of the Hoptons, lords of the manor, is now a farmhouse." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Hobton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hobton research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1602, 1787, 1492, 1472, 1492, 1510, 1571, 1553, 1555, 1559, 1558, 1596, 1652, 1621, 1622, 1628, 1629, 1640, 1642, 1638, 1604, 1611, 1621, 1622, 1627, 1709, 1519, 1595, 1570, 1590 and 1564 are included under the topic Early Hobton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hobton Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Hopton, Hobton, Hoptone and others.
Early Notables of the Hobton family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was David Hopton (died 1492), Canon of Windsor from 1472 to 1492; Sir Ralph Hopton (1510-1571), of Witham, Somerset
, an English politician, Member of Parliament for Somerset
(1553 and 1555) and for Heytesbury in 1559; John Hopton (d. 1558), Bishop of Norwich; Ralph Hopton... Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hobton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hobton family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hobton or a variant listed above: Charles Hopton who settled in Barbados in 1687; another Charles Hopton settled in North Carolina in 1701; George Hopton settled in Maryland in 1679; Walven Hopton settled in Virginia in 1654..