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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.

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The surname Hopper was first found in Durham 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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hopper research. Another 285 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1220 and 1275 are included under the topic Early Hopper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hopper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Hopper family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
  • Marmaduke Hopper, who landed in Maryland in 1669
  • Dorothy Hopper, who landed in Maryland in 1674
  • Robert Hopper arrived in Philadelphia in 1686

Hopper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Hopper, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Christian Hopper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Anthony Hopper 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
  • William Hopper, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Robert Hopper, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845-1846
  • L Hopper, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James Hopper, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1852
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Hopper Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Abraham Hopper U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Hopper Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Obadiah Hopper arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848
  • Stephen Hopper, aged 33, a servant, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850
  • Elizabeth Hopper, aged 22, a servant, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850
  • Stephen Hopper, aged 33, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames"
  • Elizabeth Hopper, aged 22, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames"
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Hopper Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ed Betts Hopper landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Oriental
  • E. B. Hopper, aged 40, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Emma Hopper, aged 24, a cook, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883
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  • 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
  • Dennis Lee Hopper (1936-2010), American two-time Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe nominated actor, writer, and director
  • Grace Brewster Murray Hopper Ph.D. (1906-1992), 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)
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Hopper Historic Events



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 on May 29th 1914
  • 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 on May 29th 1914
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  • 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.
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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.

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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Hopper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hopper 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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