Hockenhull History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Hockenhull surname lived in the region of Hockenhull in the parish of Tarvin. Hockenhull 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 Hockenhull family

The surname Hockenhull was first found in Cheshire at Hockenhull, a township, in the parish of Tarvin, union of Great Boughton, Second division of the hundred of Eddisbury. [1]

However, we must look to Nottinghamshire to find the first entries in early rolls: Gibbe de Huckenhale who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1179. This entry was from Hucknall-Under-Huthwaite, a hamlet, in the parish of Sutton-in-Ashfield, union of Mansfield, N. division of the wapentake of Broxtow and of the county of Nottingham or Hucknall-Torkard, a parish, in the union of Basford, N. division of the wapentake of Broxtow [1]

Almost one hundred years later, Hamo de Hukenelle was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279. Later in Gloucestershire, William Hockenale was listed in 1345 and a few years later in 1378, he listed his name as Huckenale. [2]

East Cheshire records show: Hamo Hokenhull, 25 Henry VIII; Richard Hocknell, 2 Elizabeth; and Thomas Hockenhull, of Hockenhull Platt, 1577. [3] For these records, the date was recorded as the year of the King as in the twenty-fifth year of Henry VIII reign.

Early History of the Hockenhull family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hockenhull research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1577, 1606 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Hockenhull History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hockenhull 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 Hockenhull 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. The variations of the name Hockenhull include: Hockenhull, Hocknell, Hokenhull, Hoknell and others.

Early Notables of the Hockenhull family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Hockenhull Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hockenhull migration to the United States +

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 Hockenhull or a variant listed above:

Hockenhull Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hockenhull, who sailed to Maine in 1812
  • Thomas Hockenhull, aged 45, who arrived in Maine in 1812 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hockenhull (post 1700) +

  • Andrew W Hockenhull, American Governor of New Mexico (1933-1935)
  • Stella Hockenhull Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Wolverhampton
  • Jo Hockenhull Ph.D., Professor Emeritus from Washington State University
  • Arthur James Hockenhull, member of the British Diplomatic Service who had various appointments in the Far East, and in Cyprus, British Guiana, Singapore and Malaysia


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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