Hodds History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The many generations and branches of the Hodds family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a maker of hoods. The surname Hodds is derived from the Old English words hod, hud, hood, and hodde, which all come from the Old English word hod, which means hood.  
Occasionally, Hodds may be a local surname derived from the settlement of Hood in Rattery in Devon. "In the poem 'Robin Hood(e) and Guy(e) of Gisborne' the name is variantly Hood and Hoode; but the form is Hode in 'A Lytell Geste [Story] of Robyn Hode.'" 
"The leader of the Surrey men in A.D. 853 was named Huda ( Anglo-Saxon Chron., s.a.)." 
Early Origins of the Hodds family
The surname Hodds was first found in Devon where Osberus Hod was the first record of the name in the source Old English Bynames c. 1100-1130. In Cambridgeshire, Walter Hod was listed there c. 1200 and Gilbert Hodde was listed in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1225. Robert Hood (Hod) was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Yorkshire in 1230 and Philip Hodde, Hudde was found in Canterbury in 1305. 
In Somerset, John Hod was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.)  The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included the name in a compound forms: Matilda Hud-doghter and Emma Hud-wyf. 
In Scotland, "a composition between Andrew, bishop of Moray and Robert Hude (or Hod) relating to the manor of Lamanbrid was made in 1225. Robertus Hud of Leth (Leith), witness in an Inchcolm charter c. 1220-26. Robertus Hod received a payment from the sheriff of Aberdeen, 1264." 
Early History of the Hodds family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodds research. Another 256 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1524, 1220, 1264, 1332, 1447, 1467, 1567, 1582, 1598, 1567, 1573, 1668, 1724, 1816, 1689, 1752 and are included under the topic Early Hodds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hodds Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hodds were recorded, including Hood, Hoods, Hude, Hud, Hudd, Hode, Hoode and others.
Early Notables of the Hodds family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Hood ( fl. 1582-1598), the English mathematician, son of Thomas Hood, a merchant tailor of London, entered Merchant Taylors' School 7 Nov. 1567, and matriculated at Cambridge as a pensioner of Trinity College in November 1573. 
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Migration of the Hodds family to Ireland
Some of the Hodds family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hodds family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hodds family emigrate to North America: Adam Hood who settled in New Jersey in 1685; John Hood settled in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1630; Thomas Hood settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682.
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