The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Hopkinton 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
which superseded all other English patronymic suffixes during the 14th century.
Early Origins of the Hopkinton family
The surname Hopkinton was 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.
Early History of the Hopkinton family
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Hopkinton Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hopkinton family name include Hopkinson, Hobkinson and others.
Early Notables of the Hopkinton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hopkinton family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hopkinton surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Daniel Hopkinson settled in Virginia in 1637; with his wife Michele; Charles and Joseph Hopkinson arrived in Philadelphia in 1853.