Hopper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Hopper dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a dancer. The surname Hopper is derived from the Old English word hoppian, which means to hop, to leap, or to dance. [1]

"The name of Hopper is also established in Cambridgeshire and Devonshire. In the 13th century it occurred as Le Hoppere, or Le Hopper, in Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, etc." [2]

Early Origins of the Hopper family

The surname Hopper was first found in Wiltshire, where Edric le Hoppere was listed in the Pipe Rolls for 1203 and later in the Curia Regis Rolls for Worcester in 1204. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had three listings for the family: Richard le Hoppare Oxfordshire; Gerard le Hopper, Suffolk; and Reginald le Hopper, Cambridgeshire. [4]

Further to the north in Scotland, "Robert Hopper received the acre of land called Stampardesakyr in the territory of Coldingham, and in 1275 witnessed a charter of lands in Raynigton to the Abbey of Coldstream. The name of a burgess family of good standing in Edinburgh from beginning of the fifteenth century. David Hopper held a tenement in the burgh in 1486, and Adam Hoppar was a notary public in the diocese of St. Andrews in 1524." [5]

Early History of the Hopper family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hopper research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1275, 1540, 1559, 1593, 1254, 1628, 1388, 1668, 1687, 1581, 1799, 1834, 1803 and are included under the topic Early Hopper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hopper 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 Hopper has undergone many spelling variations, including Hopper, Hawper, Happer and others.

Early Notables of the Hopper family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Hopper family to Ireland

Some of the Hopper family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hopper 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 Hopper were among those contributors:

Hopper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Hopper, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [6]
  • Marmaduke Hopper, who landed in Maryland in 1669 [6]
  • Dorothy Hopper, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [6]
  • Robert Hopper, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1686
Hopper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Hopper, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [6]
  • Christian Hopper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [6]
  • Anthony Hopper, who settled in Maryland in 1775
Hopper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Hopper, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1824 [6]
  • William Hopper, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [6]
  • Robert Hopper, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845-1846 [6]
  • L Hopper, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]
  • James Hopper, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hopper migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hopper Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Abraham Hopper U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [7]
Hopper Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Bridget Hopper, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Wanderer" but died on Grosse Isle In June 1847 [8]

Australia Hopper migration to Australia +

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

Hopper Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Obadiah Hopper, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848 [9]
  • Mr. Sampson Hopper, (b. 1830), aged 19, Cornish farm labourer travelling aboard the ship "Sir George Seymour" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 14th May 1849 [10]
  • Mr. Samson Hopper, (b. 1830), aged 19, Cornish farm servant departing on 29th January 1849 aboard the ship "Sir George Seymouth" arriving in Port Henry, Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 14th May 1849 [11]
  • Stephen Hopper, aged 33, a servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [12]
  • Elizabeth Hopper, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hopper 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:

Hopper Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • E. B. Hopper, aged 40, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • E. Betts Hopper, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Port Nicholson, Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1840 [13]
  • Ed Betts Hopper, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Oriental
  • Mrs. Emma Hopper, (b. 1838), aged 26, English settler from Yorkshire travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 22nd October 1864 [13]
  • Mr. John Hopper, (b. 1841), aged 23, English joiner from Yorkshire travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 22nd October 1864 [13]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hopper (post 1700) +

  • Grace Brewster Murray Hopper Ph.D. (1906-1992), née Murray, American Rear Admiral who was a pioneer in the development of the electronic computer, believed to be the only mathematician to have a warship named after her, the USS Hopper (DDG-70)
  • Fran Hopper (1922-2017), née Deitrick, an American comic book artist who was active during the Golden Age of Comic Books, nominated to the Friends of Lulu Hall of Fame in 2000
  • Isaac Tatem Hopper (1771-1852), American abolitionist in Philadelphia, treasurer and book agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society
  • Jerry Hopper (1907-1988), American film and television director in the mid-1940s through the early 1970s, known for his work on The Private War of Major Benson (1955), Madron (1970) and The Fugitive (1963)
  • Robert Clay Hopper (1902-1976), American professional baseball player and manager, inducted into the International League Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Monroe Hopper (1927-2013), American gospel musician (The Hoppers), inducted into Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2012)
  • William DeWolf Hopper (1858-1935), American actor, singer, comedian, and theatrical producer
  • Hedda Hopper (1885-1966), born Elda Furry, American actress and gossip columnist
  • Nicholas J Hopper, American Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota
  • Edward Hopper (1882-1967), American realist painter and printmaker
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. William Hopper (1891-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from London, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Frank Hopper (1890-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from London, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [14]
HMS Cornwall
  • Charles Albert Hopper (d. 1942), British Able Seaman aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]


The Hopper 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: Subditus fidelis regis est salus regni
Motto Translation: A faithful subject of the king is a preserver of the monarchy.


Suggested Readings for the name Hopper +

  • 1093 "Ancestors and Descendants of Patty Backburn Davis: Davis, Hopper, Mays, Smith, Terrel, Blackburn, Bolton, Hale: Including Local History and Memorabilia of Barbourville, Kentucky, and Surrounding Areas" by Patty Dahm Pascoe, "A Study of the West-Hopper and Allied Families" by George Henry West.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS LOWRY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848ThomasLowry.htm
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  11. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  12. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  15. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A


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