Hoddy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hoddy family

The surname Hoddy was first found in the parish of Creed in Cornwall where "Pennans or Pennance, a name supposed to have been imposed as a commutation for sins, which the term seems to imply, belonged formerly to the family of Huddy; by them it was sold to Mr. Thomas Lower, brother of the famous Dr. Lower." [1]

"Nethway, [Torquay, Devon] at one time belonged to Sir John Hody, Chief Justice of the King's Bench 1440, and the family continued to live there until 1696. Sir William Hody was Lord Chief Baron in 1487." [2]

Early History of the Hoddy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoddy research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1046, 1092, 1153, 1451, 1539, 1455, 1487, 1441, 1425, 1436, 1522, 1441, 1659, 1707, 1659, 1675, 1677, 1685, 1679, 1682, 1689 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Hoddy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hoddy 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 Hoddy include Huddy, Hoddy, Hoddye, Huddye, Huddey, Hoddey, Hudy, Hody, Hodey and many more.

Early Notables of the Hoddy family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Hody (d. 1441), Chief Justice of the King's Bench, of an old Devonshire family, "son of Thomas Hody, lord of the manor of Kington Magna, near Shaftesbury, Dorset, and king's escheator there under Henry V, by Margaret, daughter of John Cole of Nitheway, Torbay. From 1425 his name often occurs in the year-books, and he must have become a serjeant-at-law before 1436, for in that year he contributed as a serjeant to the equipment...
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoddy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hoddy migration to the United States +

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:

Hoddy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Hoddy, who settled in Virginia in 1642
Hoddy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christopher Hoddy, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [3]
  • Richard Hoddy, who landed in America in 1761

Australia Hoddy migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hoddy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Hoddy, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 14 years , transported aboard the "Commodore Hayes" in April 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. William Hoddy, British Convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Dudbrook" on 17th November 1852, arriving in Western Australia [5]


  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  2. ^ Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 4th March 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/commodore-hayes)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 23rd July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dudbrook


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