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.

Early Origins of the Hodds family

The surname Hodds was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Hodds family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodds research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 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: Sir William Hood of Surrey; Paul Hood D.D. (died 1668), an English academic administrator at the University of Oxford; and Samuel...
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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.
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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