Hopkins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Hopkins begins with 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 Hopkins was Hobbe-kin. [1]

Early Origins of the Hopkins family

The surname Hopkins 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]

Early History of the Hopkins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hopkins 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 Hopkins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hopkins Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hopkins has been recorded under many different variations, including Hopkins, Habbagan, Hopkin, Hopkines, Hopkyns and many more.

Early Notables of the Hopkins 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Hopkins family to Ireland

Some of the Hopkins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hopkins migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hopkins or a variant listed above:

Hopkins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Stephen Hopkins, who landed in Bermuda in 1609-1610 [4]
  • Oceanus Hopkins, who was born enroute to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 aboard the "Mayflower" [4]
  • Stephen Hopkins and his wife, Elizabeth from Hampshire, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts aboard the "Mayflower" in the year 1620
  • Constance Hopkins, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 aboard the "Mayflower" [4]
  • Damaris Hopkins, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 aboard the "Mayflower" [4]
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Hopkins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Rice Hopkins, who landed in Virginia in 1718 [4]
  • Lottice Hopkins, who landed in Carolina in 1724 [4]
  • Christopher Hopkins, who landed in New England in 1778 [4]
  • Francis Hopkins, who arrived in America in 1782 [4]
  • Charles Hopkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1786 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hopkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jenny Hopkins, who landed in America in 1805 [4]
  • Jane Hopkins, who landed in America in 1805 [4]
  • Ruth Hopkins, who landed in America in 1805 [4]
  • Abraham Hopkins, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1810 [4]
  • John Hopkins, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1811 [4]
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Canada Hopkins migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hopkins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mary Hopkins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Elisha Hopkins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Capt. Silas Hopkins U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [5]
  • Mr. Silas Hopkins Sr., U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [5]
Hopkins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • David M Hopkins, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • Walter Hopkins, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
  • Eliza Hopkins, aged 6, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
  • Miss. Ann Hopkins, aged 15 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Free Trader" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In August 1847 [6]
  • Mr. Anthony Hopkins, aged 30 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Sisters" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In July 1847 [6]
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Hopkins Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Alf Hopkins, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Emily Hopkins, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Hopkins migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hopkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Hopkins, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • James Hopkins, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • Samuel Hopkins, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
  • George Hopkins, a wheelwright, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. William Hopkins, British convict who was convicted in Worcester, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
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New Zealand Hopkins migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hopkins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Hopkins, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred The Great" in 1859
  • Eliza Marian Hopkins, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golconda" in 1859
  • Mr. William Hopkins, (b. 1835), aged 25, British miner travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1860 [11]
  • Mrs. Sarah Ann Hopkins, (b. 1837), aged 23, British settler travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1860 [11]
  • John Hopkins, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hopkins (post 1700) +

  • Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins CBE (b. 1937), Welsh Academy Award winning and three-time BAFTA award winning actor of film, stage, and television, and a composer and painter, made Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2008
  • Johns Hopkins (1795-1873), wealthy American entrepreneur, philanthropist and abolitionist, eponym of Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the Johns Hopkins University
  • Shirley Knight Hopkins (1936-2020), American Tony Award and Golden Globe Award winning actress who appeared in more than 50 feature films
  • Stephen Tyng Hopkins (1849-1892), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York (1885-1886)
  • Elisha Gerald Hopkins (1935-2018), American journalist and author who published 37 books and over 1,000 magazine articles
  • Gayle Patrick Hopkins (1941-2016), American long jumper at the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • Robert M. "Bob" Hopkins (1934-2015), American basketball player and coach
  • Brigadier-General Frederick Mercer Jr. Hopkins (1895-1978), American Chief of Redistribution, Headquarters of Army Air Force (1943-1945) [12]
  • Michael Hopkins (b. 1968), U.S. Air Force officer and NASA astronaut candidate [13]
  • Michael J Hopkins Ph.D., (b. 1958), Professor of mathematics in Harvard University and considered the world's pre-eminent algebraic topologist
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. James Hopkins, British Ordnance Coder, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [14]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Patrick Hopkins, Irish Fireman from Castlebar, Mayo, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [15]
  • Miss Alice Eliza Hopkins, American 2nd Class passenger from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [15]
  • Miss Kate Mary Hopkins, American 2nd Class passenger from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [15]
  • Mr. David Thomas Hopkins, Welsh 2nd Class passenger from Wales, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Albert Lloyd Hopkins, American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [15]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. F. Hopkins (d. 1912), aged 16, English Plate Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Robert John Hopkins, aged 40, English Able Seaman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 13 [16]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Homer David Hopkins, American Seaman First Class from Michigan, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [17]


The Hopkins 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: Inter primos
Motto Translation: Among the first.


Suggested Readings for the name Hopkins +

  • 265 "Genealogies of the Moore & Hopkins Families of Rockingham & Guilford Counties in North Carolina" by Beatrice M. Caffey Reed et al., "Hopkins of Virginia and Related Families" by Walter Lee Hopkins.

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 34)
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Frederick Hopkins. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Hopkins/Frederick_Mercer_Jr./USA.html
  13. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2011, January 18) Michael Hopkins. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/hopkins-ms.html
  14. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  15. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  16. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  17. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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