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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. [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]

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

  • 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


  • 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. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. 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).
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The Hodnett Family Crest was acquired from the 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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