Hodnett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. 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." [1]

Early Origins of the Hodnett family

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. [2]

The first record of the place name was found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Odenet. [3]

"The Hodnets, or Hodnetts, derive their name from the Shropshire parish of Hodnet. During the 13th century there was a powerful family in the county that took the name of De Hodenet from either the manor or the parish of the name." [4]

Early History of the Hodnett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hodnett research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1116 and 1237 are included under the topic Early Hodnett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hodnett Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Hodnett family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Hodnett family to Ireland

Some of the Hodnett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 104 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hodnett migration to the United States +

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 [5]
  • John Hodnett, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737 [5]
Hodnett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Hodnett, who settled in Seldom-Come-By in 1828
  • Charles and James Hodnett, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856

Canada Hodnett migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hodnett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ms. Mary Hodnett, aged 26 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Vesta" departing 21st June 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 9th August 1847 but she died on board [6]

New Zealand Hodnett 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:

Hodnett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ann Hodnett, aged 18, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Hodnett (post 1700) +

  • Charles Hodnett (1861-1890), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • William E. Hodnett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1944 [7]
  • Walter A. Hodnett, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Avon, 1944 [7]
  • Rieves S. Hodnett, American politician, Mayor of Martinsville, Virginia, 1953-56 [7]
  • 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


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 80)
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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