Hodgetts History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hodgetts was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the son of Rodger. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Hodgetts family

The surname Hodgetts was first found in Worcestershire 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 Hodgetts family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodgetts research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1720 is included under the topic Early Hodgetts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hodgetts Spelling Variations

Hodgetts has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Hodgetts have been found, including Hodgetts, Hodgett and others.

Early Notables of the Hodgetts family (pre 1700)

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United States Hodgetts migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hodgettss to arrive on North American shores:

Hodgetts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Hodgetts, who settled in Philadelphia in 1874

New Zealand Hodgetts migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hodgetts Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hodgetts, aged 26, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874 [1]
  • Mary Hodgetts, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874 [1]
  • Mr. Thomas Hodgetts, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Assaye" arriving in Auckland, North Island, New Zealand on 26th December 1874 [1]
  • Mrs. Mary Hodgetts, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Assaye" arriving in Auckland, North Island, New Zealand on 26th December 1874 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hodgetts (post 1700) +

  • Frank Hodgetts (1924-2018), English footballer who played from 1940 to 1954
  • Dennis "Denny" Hodgetts (1863-1945), English footballer
  • Rev. Colin William John Hodgetts M.B.E., British Reverend, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Refugees through the Refugee Action Charity [2]
  • Samuel Ernest Hodgetts (1877-1944), British bronze medalist gymnast who competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Stefan Hodgetts (b. 1982), British auto racing driver
  • Chris Hodgetts (b. 1950), British former racing driver who won the British Touring Car Championship series in 1986 and 1987
  • John Edwin Hodgetts OC FRSC (1917-2009), Canadian political scientist and educator and considered the father of public administration studies in Canada. He was appointed an Officer in the Order Of Canada (1989)
  • Ross B Hodgetts Ph.D., Canadian Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta


The Hodgetts Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Confido conquiesco
Motto Translation: I trust and am contented.


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  2. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1


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