Show ContentsHodgins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hodgins has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally 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 Hodgins family

The surname Hodgins 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 Hodgins family

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Hodgins Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hodgins include Hodgins, Hodgens, Hodgin, Hodgings and others.

Early Notables of the Hodgins family (pre 1700)

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Hodgins Ranking

In the United States, the name Hodgins is the 12,406th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Hodgins family to Ireland

Some of the Hodgins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Hodgins migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hodgins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Hodgins who settled in New England in 1654
Hodgins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Hodgins, who arrived in America in 1812 [2]
  • Thomas Hodgins, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1815 [2]
  • Margaret Hodgins, who settled in New York in 1823 along with Henry and James

Canada Hodgins migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hodgins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Mary Hodgins, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Odessa" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle In August 1847 [3]
  • Mr. Joseph Hodgins, aged 60 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Odessa" departing 9th June 1847 from Dublin, Ireland; the ship arrived on 9th August 1847 but he died on board [4]

Australia Hodgins migration to Australia +

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

Hodgins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Hodgins, English convict from Bedford, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • William Hodgins, aged 24, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk" [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hodgins (post 1700) +

  • David Hodgins, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2008 [7]
  • David Hodgins, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Outagamie County 2nd District, 1901-04 [7]
  • Jessica Hodgins Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Robotics Institute and Computer Science Department of Carnegie Mellon University
  • John Hodgins, Australian Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid Queensland
  • Jack Stanley Hodgins (b. 1938), Canadian award winning author who won the Governor General's Award for Fiction in 1980 and the Commonwealth Literature Prize in 1988
  • Ven. Michael Hodgins, Archdeacon of Hackney
  • William Hodgins Biggar (1852-1922), Canadian business lawyer and politician who represented Hastings West in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a Liberal member from 1890 to 1898

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Thomas E Hodgins, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [8]

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 34)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 80)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from
  6. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nashwauk 1855. Retrieved
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from
  8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook