Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in one of the various settlements of Hope found in Derbyshire, Shropshire, and the North Riding of Yorkshire, among other places, or in or near a raised area of land in a fen, or a small, enclosed valley. The surname Hoper is derived from the Old English word hop.
Early Origins of the Hoper family
Derbyshire 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 Hoper family
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Hoper Spelling Variations
Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hoper include Hope, Hopes and others.
Early Notables of the Hoper family (pre 1700)
Baronet (1573-1646), a Scottish lawyer, Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1643; Charles Hope, 1st Earl...
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Migration of the Hoper family to Ireland
Some of the Hoper family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hoper family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hoper or a variant listed above:
Hoper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Hoper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Hoper 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: At spes infracta
Motto Translation: Yet my hope is unbroken.
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