Hopkin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Hopkin is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the name Hobb, a pet form of the personal name Robert. This name was supplemented by the common diminutive suffix -kin. Thus, the original form of the surname Hopkin was Hobbe-kin. [1]

Early Origins of the Hopkin family

The surname Hopkin was first found in Oxfordshire at Swalcliffe where a family of this name has resided since the 13th century and had nineteen proprietors who had the personal name of John. [1] However, the earliest record of the name was found in the Latin form of Hobekinus in the Curia Regis Rolls of Staffordshire in 1224. William Hobkyn and Richard Hobkyn were both listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1327, while the Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire of the same year list William Hopkyn and John Hopkynes. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Nicholas Hobekyn and Roger Hobekyn in Cambridgeshire and later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Agnes Hobkyn-wyf. [3]

Important Dates for the Hopkin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hopkin research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1626, 1600, 1657, 1612, 1682, 1660, 1581, 1644, 1620, 1620, 1627, 1690, 1681 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Hopkin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hopkin Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hopkin has undergone many spelling variations, including Hopkins, Habbagan, Hopkin, Hopkines, Hopkyns and many more.

Early Notables of the Hopkin family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Robert Hopkins of Wykeham; Edward Hopkins (1600-1657), an English colonist, politician, and Governor of the Connecticut Colony, founder of the New Haven and Connecticut colonies, politically active in the administration of Oliver Cromwell; Sir Richard Hopkins (c. 1612-1682), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Coventry in 1660; and Stephen Hopkins...
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hopkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hopkin family to Ireland

Some of the Hopkin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 140 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hopkin migration to the United States

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hopkin were among those contributors:

Hopkin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Hopkin, who landed in Virginia in 1641 [4]
  • William Hopkin, who arrived in Virginia in 1649 [4]
  • Michael Hopkin, who settled in Barbados in 1654

Contemporary Notables of the name Hopkin (post 1700)

  • Lenore Frances Hopkin (1896-1979), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1940 [5]
  • Humphrey Hopkin (1774-1840), English professional cricketer
  • Frederick "Fred" Hopkin (1895-1970), English footballer
  • William "Bill" Henry Hopkin (1914-2002), Welsh rugby union and professional rugby league footballer
  • Sir William Aylsham Bryan Hopkin (1914-2009), Welsh economist
  • Sir Deian Rhys Hopkin (b. 1944), President of the National Library of Wales
  • Major Daniel Hopkin MC (1886-1951), British soldier, barrister and Labour Party politician
  • Mary Hopkin (1950-1968), sometimes known as Mary Visconti, a Welsh folk singer best known for her 1968 UK number one single "Those Were The Days"
  • David Hopkin (b. 1970), Scottish former professional footballer and assistant manager
  • John Hopkin Nuckolls (b. 1930), American physicist who worked his entire career at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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