Hockenberry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Hockenberry is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the region of Hockenhull in the parish of Tarvin. Hockenberry is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.
Early Origins of the Hockenberry family
The surname Hockenberry was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Hockenberry family
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Hockenberry 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 Hockenberry 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 Hockenberry include: Hockenhull, Hocknell, Hokenhull, Hoknell and others.
Early Notables of the Hockenberry family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hockenberry 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 Hockenberry or a variant listed above: Thomas Hockenhull, who sailed to Maine in 1812.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hockenberry (post 1700) +
- Charles E. "Charley" Hockenberry (1918-2007), American football, basketball, baseball player and coach
- John Charles Hockenberry (b. 1956), American four-time Emmy Award winning and three-time Peabody Award winning journalist and author
- W. R. Hockenberry, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Butler County, 1905-06 
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