The ancestors of the Hocutt surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in the area of Holdgate
in Hereford. Holgate was also listed as a township in the suburbs of York at one time.
Early Origins of the Hocutt family
The surname Hocutt was first found in Shropshire
at Holdgate, Stanton Holdgate or Castle Holdgate, a small village which dates back to 1185 when it was listed as Castellum Hologoti and literally meant "castle of a man called Helgot", from an Old French personal name
+ the Latin castellum. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Holdgate (Holgate) Castle is situated in the village of Holdgate and was mentioned in the Domesday Book
. It was an 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress founded by Helgot de Reisolent. Ruins of the castle are still found there today.
Early History of the Hocutt family
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Hocutt 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 Hocutt include Holgate, Holdgate, Howgate, Hogate and others.
Early Notables of the Hocutt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hocutt 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: James Holgate settled in Philadelphia in 1685; William Holgate settled in New England
in 1748; Mathew Holdgate settled with his daughter Mary in Philadelphia in 1685.