Hodgkinson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hodgkinson has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the son of Hodge.

Early Origins of the Hodgkinson family

The surname Hodgkinson was 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.

Early History of the Hodgkinson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodgkinson research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1453, 1524, 1798, 1866 and 1560 are included under the topic Early Hodgkinson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hodgkinson 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 Hodgkinson include Hodgkins, Hodgskins, Hodgskin, Hodgskines, Hodgskyns, Hodskins, Hodskin, Hodkins, Hodkinson and many more.

Early Notables of the Hodgkinson family (pre 1700)

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United States Hodgkinson 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:

Hodgkinson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Hodgkinson, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623 [1]
  • Alice Hodgkinson, who settled in Barbados with her husband in 1663
  • John Hodgkinson, who landed in Maryland in 1675 [1]
  • Thomas Hodgkinson, who settled in Virginia in 1699
Hodgkinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hodgkinson, who landed in New York in 1809 [1]
  • Joseph Hodgkinson, who arrived in New York in 1846 [1]

Canada Hodgkinson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hodgkinson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Hodgkinson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. William Hodgkinson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. William II Hodgkinson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]

Australia Hodgkinson migration to Australia +

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

Hodgkinson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Clement Hodgkinson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Candahar" in 1851 [3]

New Zealand Hodgkinson 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:

Hodgkinson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Dr Hodgkinson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Bombay
  • Samuel Hodgkinson, aged 25, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • German Hodgkinson, aged 31, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Hodgkinson, aged 26, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • George Hodgkinson, aged 8, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hodgkinson (post 1700) +

  • Greta Hodgkinson (b. 1974), American principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada
  • Samuel Hodgkinson (b. 1851), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Wallingford, 1897-1900; Member of Connecticut State Senate 12th District, 1907-08 [4]
  • Robert B. Hodgkinson, American politician, Burgess of New Brighton, Pennsylvania, 1954-56 [4]
  • Bradshaw Hodgkinson, American Democrat politician, Supervisor of Canton Township, Michigan; Elected 1866 [4]
  • George Christopher Hodgkinson (1816-1880), English meteorologist and writer on education who studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating B.A. (fourteenth wrangler) in 1837 [5]
  • Eaton Hodgkinson (1789-1861), English engineer, elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1841, the son of a farmer, was born at Anderton in the parish of Great Budworth, Cheshire, on 26 Feb. 1789 [5]
  • Alan Hodgkinson MBE (1936-2015), English professional football goalkeeper and goalkeeping coach from Laughton Common, England
  • Henry Thomas "Harry" Hodgkinson (1862-1945), English footballer
  • Grosvenor Hodgkinson (1818-1881), English lawyer and Liberal Party politician, Chairman of the London Chatham and Dover Railway
  • Gerard William Hodgkinson OBE MC (1883-1960), English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Somerset (1904 to 1911)
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Hodgkinson 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: Sans dieu rien
Motto Translation: Without God nothing.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANDAHAR 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Candahar.htm
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 4 August 2020


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