Hoder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name of Hoder finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a maker of hoods. It was originally derived from the Old English hod, which meant "hood." Thus, the original bearer of the name was a maker of hoods. [1]

There are a two alternate origins. The name may also be of a local derivation. There was a small hamlet in Yorkshire called Hodd. [2]

And another sources notes the name may have been for a "dweller by the River Hodder, [in Lancashire] spelt Hoder, Hodre, in the 14th century." [3]

Early Origins of the Hoder family

The surname Hoder was first found in Essex where John le Hodder was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1220. We did find an interesting entry pointing to the aforementioned occupational origin, John Hoder who is also called Hodmaker and Hodman in Colchester, Essex in 1361. [4]

Exploring the Yorkshire origin, one source notes "it is evident that it must be looked for in Yorkshire," [2] and to underscore this claim the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Anabilla de Hodre; and Isabella de Hedre, as holding lands there at that time.

Early History of the Hoder family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoder research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1279, 1361, 1661, 1661, 1666, 1661, 1664, 1672, 1681, 1685, 1693, 1697, 1702 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Hoder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hoder Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hoder family name include Hodder, Hoddar, Hooder, Hoder, Hoader, Hoodar and others.

Early Notables of the Hoder family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: James Hodder ( fl. 1661), English arithmetician, a writing-master, with a school in Tokenhouse Yard in Lothbury, in 1661. "After the fire of 1666, he removed to Bromley-by-Bow, where he kept a boarding-school, but subsequently returned to Lothbury. He was first known as the author of ‘Hodder's Arithmetick,’ a popular manual upon which Cocker based his better known work. The two...
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hoder family to Ireland

Some of the Hoder family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hoder migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hoder surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Hoder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Barbara Hoder, who settled in New York, NY in 1881


The Hoder Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per ignem ferris vicimus
Motto Translation: Even through fire have we conquered with our sword.


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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