Hodgdon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Anglo-Saxon name Hodgdon comes from the baptismal name for Roger,which was originally derived from the nickname Hodge. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.
Early Origins of the Hodgdon family
The surname Hodgdon was first found in Northumberland where "this name in the North of England is pronounced Hodgin, while in the South it has taken not only the pronunciation, but the spelling, of Hodson or Hudson. The name of Hodgson is ancient at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, being found in records of temp. Edward I., and the Hodgsons of Stella and Acton, co. Northumberland, trace a clear pedigree to 1424. "  Confirming the Northumberland heritage, another reference states: "as far back as the 15th century they were more numerous in Northumberland than they are at present."  The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Johannes Hodgeson; and Johannes Hojegeson. 
Important Dates for the Hodgdon family
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Hodgdon Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hodgdon has appeared include Hodgson, Hodson, Hodsdon and others.
Early Notables of the Hodgdon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hodgdon family to Ireland
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Hodgdon migration to the United States
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hodgdon arrived in North America very early:
Hodgdon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Nicholas Hodgdon, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1634 
Hodgdon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Frank Hodgdon, aged 49, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
- Stanley W. Hodgdon, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1909
- Joseph Hodgdon, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
- Howard Hodgdon, aged 16, who settled in America, in 1914
- Andrew H. Hodgdon, aged 57, who settled in America, in 1914
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hodgdon (post 1700)
- Ray Hodgdon (b. 1929), American writer, known for The Plumbers Are Coming
- Dana Hodgdon, American producer, known for his work on Undocumented (2013), Sweet 16 (2013) and Nostalgic (2014)
- Sylvester Phelps Hodgdon (1830-1906), American painter
- Lincoln Andrew "Drew" Hodgdon (b. 1981), American NFL football offensive lineman
- John Hodgdon (b. 1800), American politician and farmer, founder of the town Hodgdon, Maine
- Walter Hodgdon, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Newton, Massachusetts, 1953 
- Moses A. Hodgdon, American politician, Member of New Hampshire Governor's Council, 1868-70 
- Jean B. Hodgdon, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1972 
- Hiram Hodgdon, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 4th District, 1879-80 
- Forrest W. Hodgdon, American Republican politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Tuftonboro, 1956; Elected New Hampshire State Senate 4th District 1956 
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