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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 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 Hoopir family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoopir research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1444, 1495, 1515, 1553, 1555, 1621, 1640, 1727, 1742, 1774, 1777, 1790, 1827, 1847, 1848, 1849, 1850, 1851, 1853 and 1854 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

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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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)
  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 on Facebook