Hodgeson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Hodgeson are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived 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 Hodgeson family

The surname Hodgeson 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. " [1] 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." [2] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Johannes Hodgeson; and Johannes Hojegeson. [3]

Important Dates for the Hodgeson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodgeson research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1801, 1591, 1616 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Hodgeson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hodgeson 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. Hodgeson has been spelled many different ways, including Hodgson, Hodson, Hodsdon and others.

Early Notables of the Hodgeson family (pre 1700)

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hodgeson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hodgeson family to Ireland

Some of the Hodgeson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hodgeson migration to the United States

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 Hodgesons to arrive in North America:

Hodgeson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Hodgeson, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [4]
  • Joshua Hodgeson, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [4]
  • Elizabeth Hodgeson, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [4]
  • Job Hodgeson, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [4]
  • Izabell Hodgeson, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [4]

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. 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. ^ 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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