Hoopir History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hoopir is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a cooper or a fitter of hoops. The surname Hoopir 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 Hoopir family

The surname Hoopir was first found in Devon where one of the first records of the name was Alexander le Hopere who was listed in the the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [2]

Important Dates for the Hoopir family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoopir research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 127 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Hoopir History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hoopir Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hoopir are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hoopir include Hooper, Hoopar, Hoopir and others.

Early Notables of the Hoopir family (pre 1700)

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoopir Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hoopir family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hoopir or a variant listed above: Arthur Hooper settled in Virginia in 1653; Henry Hooper settled with his wife and servants in Boston in 1716; John Hooper settled in Boston in 1712; Thomas Hooper settled in Virginia in 1635..


  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)
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