Hodnott is one of the names carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It is based on the Norman name Odinet,
from which the more commonly known Odo
Early Origins of the Hodnott family
The surname Hodnott 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Hodnott family
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Hodnott Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Hodenet, Hignett, Hignet, Hodnet, Hodnett, Hodenett, Hodinett, Hodinutt, Hodinut, Hodinott, Hodinot, Hoddenett, Hoddinet, Hoddinutt and many more.
Early Notables of the Hodnott family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hodnott family to Ireland
Some of the Hodnott 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hodnott family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hodnott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Hodnott, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
- Mary Hodnott, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865