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Where did the English Hopkinson family come from? What is the English Hopkinson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hopkinson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hopkinson family history?

Hopkinson is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the name Hobb, a pet form of the personal name Robert. This name was supplemented by the common diminutive suffix -kin and the patronymic suffix -son, which superseded all other English patronymic suffixes during the 14th century.

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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. Hopkinson has been recorded under many different variations, including Hopkinson, Hobkinson and others.

First found in Cheshire 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hopkinson research. Another 157 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hopkinson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 45 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hopkinson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Hopkinson or a variant listed above:

Hopkinson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Daniel Hopkinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1634
  • Daniel Hopkinson settled in Virginia in 1637 with his wife Michele
  • Michael Hopkinson, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Jonathan Hopkinson, who arrived in Maryland in 1666

Hopkinson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Hopkinson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773

Hopkinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles and Joseph Hopkinson arrived in Philadelphia in 1853
  • John Hopkinson, who landed in Mississippi in 1889

Hopkinson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. William Hopkinson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Hopkinson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • T. Hopkinson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849
  • Emelia Hopkinson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1851
  • John Hopkinson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mount Stuart Elphinstone" in 1851

Hopkinson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Henry Hopkinson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • William Hopkinson, aged 55, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
  • Sarah Hopkinson, aged 40, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
  • Thomas Hopkinson, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
  • Harriet Hopkinson, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875


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  • Charles Sydney Hopkinson (1869-1962), American portrait painter and landscape watercolorist
  • Charles Hopkinson Ph.D., American Senior Scientist at The Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole
  • Frances Hopkinson (1737-1791), American author and jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Pennsylvania (1789-1791), signer of Declaration of Independence
  • John Hopkinson (1849-1898), English engineer and physicist who developed the eponymous Hopkinson's law, Fellow of the Royal Society and President of the IEE twice in 1890 and 1896
  • Sir Alfred Hopkinson (1851-1939), English lawyer, academic and politician
  • Bertram Hopkinson CMG, FRS (1874-1918), English patent lawyer and Professor of Mechanism and Applied Mechanics at Cambridge University
  • Bobby Thomas Hopkinson (b. 1990), professional English footballer
  • Carl Hopkinson (b. 1981), former English cricketer and current coach
  • Henry Hopkinson, British journalist
  • Alan C Hopkinson Ph.D., Canadian Professor of Chemistry at York University

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The Hopkinson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hopkinson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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