The origins of the name Hodgens are with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the personal name
Roger. The surname is based upon the pet form Hodge. 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." Names based upon military prowess were quite popular in the early medieval period.
Early Origins of the Hodgens family
The surname Hodgens was first found in Northumberland
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Hodgens family
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Hodgens Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hodgens has been spelled many different ways, including Hodgins, Hodgens, Hodgin, Hodgings and others.
Early Notables of the Hodgens family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hodgens family to Ireland
Some of the Hodgens family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hodgens family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hodgenss to arrive in North America:
Hodgens Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Richard Hodgens, aged 43, who arrived in America from Swansea, Wales, in 1903
- Elaine Hodgens, aged 19, who arrived in America from London, in 1904
- George Hodgens, aged 40, who arrived in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1909
- Annie Hodgens, aged 39, who arrived in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1909
- Constance Hodgens, aged 30, who arrived in America, in 1909
Hodgens Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Gertrude Mackenzie Hodgens, who arrived in Toronto, Canada, in 1907
- William Sefhon Hodgens, aged 29, who arrived in Toronto, Canada, in 1907
- William Hodgens, aged 36, who arrived in Toronto, Canada, in 1914
Contemporary Notables of the name Hodgens (post 1700)
- Joseph "Joe" Hodgens (1887-1955), New Zealand politician of the Labour Party