Show ContentsHoopes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hoopes is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a cooper or a fitter of hoops. The surname Hoopes is derived from the Old English word hop, which means hoop. [1] Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.

Early Origins of the Hoopes family

The surname Hoopes was first found in Wiltshire where Adam and Philip le Hoper(e) was listed there in 1228. In Somerset, William le Houper was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for 1327, and Richard Hoper, couper was listed in Yorkshire in 1367. [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include Alexander le Hopere in Devon. [2] In Somerset, John le Hopere was registered there as holding lands, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [3]

Early History of the Hoopes family

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Hoopes Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hoopes include Hooper, Hoopar, Hoopir and others.

Early Notables of the Hoopes family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Hooper (c. 1495-1555), Bishop of Gloucester and Worcester, born towards the end of the fifteenth century in Somerset, where his father was a man of wealth. The exact date and place are not known. He himself usually spelt his name Hoper, others wrote it Houper. [4] He was executed for heresy by burning during the reign of Queen Mary I. He was a Protestant reformer and a Protestant martyr. Edmund Hooper (1553?-1621), was an English organist and composer, born about 1553 at Halberton near Tiverton, Devon, and was brought up at Bradninch...
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Hoopes Ranking

In the United States, the name Hoopes is the 8,474th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

United States Hoopes migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hoopes were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Hoopes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hen Hoopes, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [6]
  • Joshua Hoopes, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683 [6]
  • Dan Hoopes, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683
  • Isabell Hoopes, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683
Hoopes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Hoopes, who settled in Ohio in 1838
  • Thomas C Hoopes, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hoopes (post 1700) +

  • James Hoopes Ph.D., American Distinguished Professor of History at Babson College
  • Laura L Mays Hoopes Ph.D., American Professor of Biology at Pomona College
  • Martha F Hoopes Ph.D., American Assistant Professor of Biology at Mount Holyoke College
  • Townsend Walter Hoopes II, American Under Secretary of the Air Force from 1967 to 1969
  • John W Hoopes Ph.D., American Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kansas
  • Wendy Hoopes (b. 1972), American television actress
  • Robert Hoopes, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Alaska territorial House of Representatives 4th District, 1945-48 [7]
  • Macmillan Hoopes, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1936 [7]
  • Darlington Hoopes Jr. (b. 1927), American politician, Delegate to Socialist National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960; Member of Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, 1968-2009 [7]
  • Darlington Hoopes (1896-1989), American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1930-36; Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1944; Candidate for President of the United States, 1952, 1956 [7]
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  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. 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.
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook