Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a maker of hoods. The surname Hootman is derived from the Old English words hod, hud, hood, and hodde, which all come from the Old English word hod, which means hood. Occasionally, Hootman may be a local surname derived from the settlement of Hood in Rattery in Devon.
Early Origins of the Hootman family
Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Hootman family
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Hootman Spelling Variations
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 Hootman include Hood, Hoods, Hude, Hud, Hudd, Hode, Hoode and others.
Early Notables of the Hootman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hootman family to Ireland
Some of the Hootman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hootman family to the New World and Oceana
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 Hootman were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Adam Hood who settled in New Jersey in 1685; John Hood settled in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1630; Thomas Hood settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hootman (post 1700)
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