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Hodnett is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hodnett family name comes from the Norman name Odinet, from which the more commonly known Odo is derived.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hodnett have been found, including Hodenet, Hignett, Hignet, Hodnet, Hodnett, Hodenett, Hodinett, Hodinutt, Hodinut, Hodinott, Hodinot, Hoddenett, Hoddinet, Hoddinutt and many more.

First found in Shropshire at Hodnet, a village and civil parish in the union of Drayton, in the hundred of North Bradford. The first record of the place name was found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Odenet. [1] Apart from the aforementioned patronymic origin, the place name could also mean "pleasant valley," from the Welsh "hawdd" meaning "pleasant" or "peaceful" and "nant," a "glen or valley." [2]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodnett research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1116 and 1237 are included under the topic Early Hodnett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hodnett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hodnett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Hodnett were among those contributors:

Hodnett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Mary Hodnett, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • John Hodnett, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737

Hodnett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Hodnett settled in Seldom-Come-By in 1828
  • Charles and James Hodnett arrived in Philadelphia in 1856

Hodnett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Ann Hodnett, aged 18, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840

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  • Charles Hodnett (1861-1890), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • William E. Hodnett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1944
  • Walter A. Hodnett, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Avon, 1944
  • Rieves S. Hodnett, American politician, Mayor of Martinsville, Virginia, 1953-56
  • Grant Phillip Hodnett (b. 1982), South African born English cricketer
  • Paddy Hodnett (b. 1963), Irish professional footballer
  • George Desmond "Hoddy" Hodnett (1918-1990), Irish musician, song-writer and long-time jazz and popular music critic


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Hodnett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hodnett 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.

This page was last modified on 15 January 2016 at 13:24.

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