Hodgkiss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hodgkiss was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman personal name Roger. Hotchkis was a baptismal name which means Roger. 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 Hodgkiss family

The surname Hodgkiss was first found in Shropshire where the name "is a characteristic Shropshire name, and one especially numerous in the district of Church Stretton." [1] The first record of the name was William Hochekys who was listed in Shropshire in 1470. [2]

Early History of the Hodgkiss family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodgkiss research. Another 164 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1453, 1470, 1645, 1677, 1690 and 1790 are included under the topic Early Hodgkiss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hodgkiss Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Hotchkiss, Hotchkis and others.

Early Notables of the Hodgkiss family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Hodgkiss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Hodgkiss migration to Australia +

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

Hodgkiss Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Hodgkiss, (Hodgkisson), (b. 1795), aged 24, English carter who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Canada" on 23rd April 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. William Hodgkiss, English convict who was convicted in Staffordshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "David Clarke" on 3rd June 1841, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hodgkiss (post 1700) +

  • Ed Hodgkiss, American former Arena Football League coach
  • William Hodgkiss, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 22nd District, 1988 [5]
  • Mark Anthony Hodgkiss (b. 1977), former English cricketer
  • Jared Hodgkiss (b. 1986), English professional footballer
  • Amber Caroline Hodgkiss (b. 1989), British actress


  1. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/canada
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd June 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/david-clarke
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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