Hogg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hogg was first used as a name by Viking settlers in ancient Scotland. It was a name for a careful and prudent person. While in England, this name is derived from the animal and is there a metonymic surname (a surname derived from the principle object associated with a trade or occupation), in Scotland it is derived from the Old English word hoga, which means prudent. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. [1]

While this is the generally accepted origin of the name, one source claims the name was Norman as in 1040, Hubert de Hoga granted lands to Cerisy Abbey, Cerisy-la-Forêt, Manche, France. [2]

Early Origins of the Hogg family

The surname Hogg was first found in Durham, but by the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the family was scattered throughout England. The rolls included: Alice le Hog, Oxfordshire; Philip le Hog, Kent; and Peter Hog, Yorkshire. [3]

In Somerset, there were two listings of the family 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III): Nicholas Hogg; and Oliver le Hogg. [4]

In Scotland where the most numerous records of the family were found, the first record was "about the year 1280, [when] Andrew Fraser gave to the Abbey of Kelso a bondman, Adam the son of Henry del Hoga (i.e. 'of the Hog') 'nativo meo cum tota sequela sua' (Kelso, p. 95). About the year 1250 mention is made of the croft of Henry de Hoga in Gordun, Berwickshire and c. 1270 John de Grantham, son and heir of Emma the daughter and heir of Salomon del Hoga, made a grant from her lands at Berwick, which Radulph de Bernewill held, to the monks of Kelso. Again about 1280 there is mention of the croft which Adam del Hoga held in the time of Lady Alycie de Gordun. Thurcyl hoga is one of the witnesses to a charter of Cnut, 1024 (Kemble, Codex Dipl., IV, 741). The spelling of the name here, Hoga, the earliest record of its occurrence, certainly points to Old English hoga, 'careful,' 'prudent,' as origin of the name at least in this instance." [5]

Sir James Weir Hogg, 1st Baronet (1790-1876) the famous businessman, lawyer and politician was born in northern Ireland, but his family originally hailed from Swinton, Berwickshire. This baronetcy of Upper Grosvenor Street in the County of London survived until 1957.

Early History of the Hogg family

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Hogg Spelling Variations

Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations of the name Hogg include Hogg, Hogge, Hoag, Hogue, Hoig and others.

Early Notables of the Hogg family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Ralf Hogge, an English iron-master and gun founder to the king; he succeeded in casting the first iron cannon in England in 1543 and known to have later built Hogge House in the village of Buxted, East Sussex in 1583. Thomas Hog (d. 1680?), was a Scottish minister of Larbert, Stirlingshire; and his son, James Hog (1658?-1734), was also a Scottish minister at Carnock, known for...
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Ireland Migration of the Hogg family to Ireland

Some of the Hogg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hogg migration to the United States +

Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Hogg or a variant listed above, including:

Hogg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Hogg, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1640 [6]
  • Neile Hogg, who landed in New England in 1651-1652 [6]
  • John Hogg, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651 [6]
  • Daniel Hogg, who settled in Boston in 1651 along with John and Neile
  • Daniell Hogg, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hogg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Hogg, who arrived in New England in 1732 [6]
  • Joseph Hogg, who landed in New England in 1754 [6]
  • Peter Hogg, who arrived in Virginia in 1782 [6]
Hogg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Hogg, aged 47, who landed in North Carolina in 1812 [6]
  • David Hogg, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1815 [6]
  • Alexander Hogg, who arrived in America in 1830 [6]
  • Andrew Hogg, who landed in New York, NY in 1830 [6]
  • William Hogg, who arrived in New York in 1830 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hogg migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hogg Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ann Hogg, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Isebbela Hogg, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Hogg, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Joseph Hogg U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Cape Ann Association [7]
Hogg Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Hogg, aged 19, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland

Australia Hogg migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hogg Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary H. Hogg, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Derwent" in 1849 [8]
  • Harstham Hogg, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1849 [9]
  • William Hogg, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Jane Hogg, aged 24, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Benjamin Hogg, aged 23, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hogg 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:

Hogg Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Hogg, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
  • Peter Dods Hogg, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Hogg, aged 37, a wright, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Elizabeth Hogg, aged 39, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Ann Hogg, aged 17, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hogg (post 1700) +

  • Ima Hogg (1882-1975), American philanthropist and patron of the arts, known as "The First Lady of Texas"
  • Robert Vincent "Bob" Hogg (b. 1924), American statistician
  • J. Bernard Hogg (1908-1994), American labor historian
  • James Hogg (1851-1906), American politician, governor of Texas (1891-1895)
  • James Hogg (1806-1888), Scottish publisher, son of James Hogg, born near Edinburgh, and educated under the Rev. Thomas Sheriff, who became minister of Fala, in the presbytery of Dalkeith, in 1828, and died in 1836 [10]
  • James Hogg (1770-1835), Scottish poet and novelist, born at Ettrick, Selkirkshire, near the parish school, towards the end of 1770, the parish register recording his baptism on 9 Dec. of that year [10]
  • Thomas Jefferson Hogg (1792-1862), English friend and biographer of Shelley, eldest son of John Hogg of Norton House, Stockton-on-Tees, Durham [10]
  • John Hogg (1800-1869), English classical scholar and naturalist, second son of John Hogg, and brother of Thomas Jefferson Hogg [q. v.]
  • Sir James Macnaghten McGarel Hogg (1823-1890), first Lord Magheramorne, Irish peer, eldest son of Sir James Weir Hogg [q. v.], born at Calcutta 3 May 1823
  • Sir James Weir Hogg (1790-1876), Irish-born, East India director, elder son of William Hogg of Belmont, co. Antrim
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Richard Victor Hogg (d. 1945), British Leading Stoker aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [11]
  • Edward Jenner Hogg, British Captain Chief Officer with the Royal Marines aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [11]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Ellen Hogg, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 15 [12]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Charles William Hogg (d. 1912), aged 37, English Bedroom Steward from Liverpool, Lancashire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. George Alfred Hogg, aged 29, English Lookout from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 7 [13]


The Hogg Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dat gloria vires
Motto Translation: Glory gives strength.


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DERWENT 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Derwent.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DOROTHY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Dorothy.htm
  10. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 4 August 2020
  11. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  13. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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