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Where did the English Hodgkin family come from? What is the English Hodgkin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hodgkin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hodgkin family history?

Hodgkin is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from the son of Hodge.


Hodgkin has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Hodgkins, Hodgskins, Hodgskin, Hodgskines, Hodgskyns, Hodskins, Hodskin, Hodkins, Hodkinson and many more.

First found in Gloucestershire 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodgkin research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1453, 1524, 1798, 1866 and 1560 are included under the topic Early Hodgkin History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hodgkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Hodgkins to arrive on North American shores:

Hodgkin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Hodgkin settled in Virginia in 1638 with her husband
  • John Hodgkin, who arrived in Maryland in 1651
  • Mary Hodgkin, who landed in Maryland in 1651
  • William Hodgkin, who arrived in Virginia in 1659

Hodgkin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edmund Hodgkin arrived in Philadelphia in 1858

Hodgkin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Hodgkin, aged 30, a bricklayer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • Caroline Hodgkin, aged 29, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • Nunine Hodgkin, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • Rose Hodgkin, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875


  • Douglas Hodgkin, American political scientist and author, and is a professor emeritus at Bates College
  • Thomas Hodgkin (1798-1866), English pathologist, eponym of Hodgkin's disease
  • Eliot Hodgkin (1905-1987), English still life painter
  • John Hodgkin (1800-1875), English barrister and Quaker preacher
  • John Hodgkin (1766-1845), English tutor, grammarian, and calligrapher
  • Thomas Lionel Hodgkin (1910-1982), English Marxist historian of Africa
  • Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994), British chemist, awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize for Chemistry and Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth II in 1965
  • Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin (1914-1998), British physiologist and biophysicist, awarded the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Gordon Howard Eliot Hodgkin CH, CBE (b. 1932), British painter and printmaker, cousin of still life painter Eliot Hodgkin
  • Thomas Hodgkin (1831-1913), British historian


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: Sans dieu rien
Motto Translation: Without God nothing.


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  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Hodgkin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hodgkin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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