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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.
The surname Hodnett was 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.  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." 
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Hodnett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Hodnett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Hodnett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
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