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The name Hopley is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the settlement of Hopley's Green in the parish of Almeley in Herefordshire, or in some now-lost place called Hopley in Cheshire. The surname Hopley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
The surname Hopley was first found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hopley has been spelled many different ways, including Hopley, Hoply, Hopely and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hopley research. Another 250 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1615 is included under the topic Early Hopley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Hopley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hopleys to arrive in North America:
Hopley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Hopley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Hopley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
The Hopley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hopley 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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