Show ContentsHodgen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hodgen is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the personal name Roger. The surname is based upon the pet form Hodge. [1] The name Roger is of Old Norman origin and came to England shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Many names came to England in this way, as King William the Conqueror encouraged the immigration of skilled tradesmen into his newly conquered country. The name Roger can be loosely translated as "fame-spear." [2] [3]

Early Origins of the Hodgen family

The surname Hodgen was first found in Staffordshire where Robert Hocjekyn was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. John Hogekyn was listed in Pembrokeshire in 1453 and Richards Hoggekynes was found in Norfolk in 1445. In Shropshire (Salop), we found William Hochekys in 1470 and in Suffolk, Robert Hodgekin was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1524. [1]

Early History of the Hodgen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodgen research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1766, 1845, 1766, 1787, 1798, 1866, 1798, 1823, 1800, 1875, 1800 and are included under the topic Early Hodgen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hodgen Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hodgen has been recorded under many different variations, including Hodgins, Hodgens, Hodgin, Hodgings and others.

Early Notables of the Hodgen family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Hodgkin (1766-1845), grammarian, born at Shipston-on-Stour, 1766, was educated partly at a quakers' school at Worcester, and partly by his uncle, Thomas Hodgkin, a successful private tutor in London, who invited his nephew to enter his own profession. In 1787 he joined Thomas Young in superintending the education of Hudson Gurney. The two tutors seem to have given each other mutual instruction for four years, and tutors and pupil remained warm friends through life. [4] His son, Thomas Hodgkin (1798-1866), the British physician, and pathologist was born at Tottenham, Middlesex, 17 Aug. 1798...
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Ireland Migration of the Hodgen family to Ireland

Some of the Hodgen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hodgen migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hodgen or a variant listed above:

Hodgen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Hodgen, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [5]
Hodgen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Hodgen, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 [5]

Australia Hodgen migration to Australia +

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

Hodgen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jane Hodgen, aged 23, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"

Contemporary Notables of the name Hodgen (post 1700) +

  • Donald Hodgen (b. 1963), Northern Irish loyalist and a former member of the Ulster Defence Association


  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. 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)


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