Hodgton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hodgton is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. 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 Hodgton family

The surname Hodgton 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] Confirming the Northumberland heritage, another reference states: "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]

Important Dates for the Hodgton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodgton research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1801, 1591, 1616 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Hodgton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hodgton Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hodgton has undergone many spelling variations, including Hodgson, Hodson, Hodsdon and others.

Early Notables of the Hodgton family (pre 1700)

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hodgton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hodgton family to Ireland

Some of the Hodgton 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.

Migration of the Hodgton family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hodgton were among those contributors: William Hodgson who settled in Jamaica in 1651; William Hodgson settled in Barbados in 1634; Thomas Hodgson and his wife and child settled in Philadelphia in 1774.

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  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)
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