Hodgson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rich and ancient history of the Hodgson family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the baptismal name for Roger,which was originally derived from the nickname Hodge. 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 Hodgson family

The surname Hodgson was first found in Northumberland where "this name in the North of England is pronounced Hodgin, while in the South it has taken not only the pronunciation, but the spelling, of Hodson or Hudson. The name of Hodgson is ancient at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, being found in records of temp. Edward I., and the Hodgsons of Stella and Acton, co. Northumberland, trace a clear pedigree to 1424." [1]

"The Hodgsons are at present most numerous in this county and in the adjacent parts of Yorkshire. As far back as the 15th century they were more numerous in Northumberland than they are at present." [2]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Johannes Hodgeson; and Johannes Hojegeson. [3]

Early History of the Hodgson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodgson research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1801, 1591, 1616, 1611, 1672, 1755, 1703, 1733, 1684, 1642, 1645, 1648, 1648, 1640, 1620 and 1624 are included under the topic Early Hodgson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hodgson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hodgson have been found, including Hodgson, Hodson, Hodsdon and others.

Early Notables of the Hodgson family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: James Hodgson, of Cark who was listed in the Lancashire Wills at Richmond in 1591. The same source lists John Hodgeshon of Caton in 1616; and Cuthbert Hodgshon in 1611. [3] James Hodgson (1672-1755), was an English mathematical teacher and writer. In 1703 he was elected fellow, and in 1733 one of the council, of the Royal Society. [4] John Hodgson (d. 1684), was an English autobiographer, a Yorkshire gentleman, who resided near Halifax, took up arms on the side of the...
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Hodgson World Ranking

In the United States, the name Hodgson is the 3,753rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [5] However, in Canada, the name Hodgson is ranked the 712nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,480 people with that name. [6] And in Australia, the name Hodgson is the 436th popular surname with an estimated 8,637 people with that name. [7] New Zealand ranks Hodgson as 272nd with 2,236 people. [8] The United Kingdom ranks Hodgson as 213rd with 26,934 people. [9]

Ireland Migration of the Hodgson family to Ireland

Some of the Hodgson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hodgson migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Hodgson, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Hodgson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Hodgson, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [10]
Hodgson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Geo Hodgson, who arrived in Maryland in 1716 [10]
  • Thomas Hodgson and his wife and child settled in Philadelphia in 1774
Hodgson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Hodgson, aged 18, who landed in Delaware in 1813 [10]
  • Margaret Hodgson settled with her husband and six children in New York in 1821
  • Christopher Hodgson, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [10]
  • George Hodgson, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [10]
  • William Hodgson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hodgson migration to Australia +

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

Hodgson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Hodgson, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [11]
  • Mr. William Hodgson, (b. 1803), aged 24, British Shoemaker who was convicted in York, England for life for highway robbery, transported aboard the "Asia" on 19th November 1827, settling in New South Wales, Australia [12]
  • Mr. George Hodgson, English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Grey" on 27th July 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • Joseph Hodgson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ganges" in 1839 [14]
  • Mary Anne Hodgson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ganges" in 1839 [14]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hodgson 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:

Hodgson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert Hodgson, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Mr. Hodgson, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "George Fyffe" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 7th November 1842 [15]
  • Mr. Hodgson, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Phoebe" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 18th April 1843 [16]
  • Henry Hodgson, aged 46, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Emma Hodgson, aged 55, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Hodgson migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [17]
Hodgson Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • William Hodgson, who settled in Barbados in 1634
  • Mr. William Hodgson, (b. 1614), aged 20, British settler travelling from London, UK arriving in St Christopher (St. Kitts) on 5th January 1634 [10]
  • William Hodgson who settled in Jamaica in 1651

Contemporary Notables of the name Hodgson (post 1700) +

  • James Day Hodgson (b. 1915), American former politician, Secretary of Labor from 1970 to 1973
  • Jane Elizabeth Hodgson (1915-2006), American obstetrician and gynecologist
  • Claire Merritt Hodgson (1897-1976), second wife of Babe Ruth
  • Laurence Curran Hodgson (1874-1937), American politician, Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, 1918-22, 1926-30; Candidate for Governor of Minnesota, 1920 [18]
  • John P. Hodgson, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Berlin, 1936 [18]
  • John II Hodgson, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Warren County, 1847 [18]
  • James Day Hodgson (1915-2012), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, 1974-77 [18]
  • James Hodgson, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Illinois 8th District, 1918 [18]
  • Fred Hodgson, American politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 6th District, 1926; Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 23rd District, 1933 [18]
  • Clayton Hodgson, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 6th District, 1986 [18]
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bradford City stadium fire
  • Moira Helen Hodgson (1970-1985), from Oakenshaw who attended the Bradford City and Lincoln City Third Division match on 11th May 1985 when the Bradford City stadium fire occurred and she died in the fire
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Isabella Elizabeth  Hodgson (1896-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [19]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Frederick Hodgson, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [20]
  • Mr. Charles William Hodgson, British Lieutenant (E), who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [20]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. William Hodgson, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [21]
HMS Royal Oak
  • James Samuel Hodgson (1922-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [22]
  • Alan Raymond Hodgson (1919-1939), British Signalman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [22]


The Hodgson 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: Miseris succurrere disco
Motto Translation: I learn to succour the distressed.


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  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  7. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  8. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  9. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  10. ^ 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)
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1827
  13. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-grey
  14. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GANGES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Ganges.gif
  15. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  16. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  17. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  18. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  19. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  20. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  21. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  22. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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