Hodgekiss is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Hodgekiss is a name that comes from the Norman personal name Roger.
Hotchkis was a baptismal name which means Roger.
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 Hodgekiss family
The surname Hodgekiss was first found in Shropshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Hodgekiss family
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Hodgekiss Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Hotchkiss, Hotchkis and others.
Early Notables of the Hodgekiss family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hodgekiss family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Hodgekiss or a variant listed above were: Richard Hotchkiss, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Adam Hotchkiss settled in New England
in 1659; William Hotchkiss settled in Maryland in 1775.