Show ContentsHopps History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hopps is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the son of Robert. [1] [2]

"Hob, patronymic Hobbs and Hobson. Naturally these surnames have left many descendants. Owing to its popularity Hob became the everyday term for a country clown." [3]

Early Origins of the Hopps family

The surname Hopps was first found in Shropshire where the name first entry was as a forename as in Hobbe Litel, who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1176. A few years later, Hobb(e) (with no forename) was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for Northumberland in 1198, the Pipe Rolls for Yorkshire and the Curia Regis Rolls for Worcester in 1205. These entries may be of the same person, but that is doubtful. Moving on, Osbert, Ralph Hobbe was found in the Pipe Rolls for Rutland in 1204, and again in the Pipe Rolls for Warwickshire in 1230. Isabella Hobbes was in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcester in 1327. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Agnes Hobbis, Huntingdonshire; and John Hobbe, Oxfordshire. [3]

In Somerset, John Hobbes and William Hobbeson, were both listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign). [5]

Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Willelmus Hobbes; Petrus Hobbeson; Willelmus Hobbeson; and Robertus Hobson. [3]

Early History of the Hopps family

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Hopps Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hopps have been found, including Hobbs, Hobs, Hobbes, Hobis, Hopp, Hoppe, Hopps and many more.

Early Notables of the Hopps family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Robert Hobbes (d. 1538), the last abbot of the Cistercian abbey of Woburn in Bedfordshire, held the office in 1529. "Hobbes was summoned to convocation in November 1529, and in the following January received a license to hold two annual fairs in the town of Woburn. In 1532 he, with four other abbots, was commissioned by the king to hold a visitation of the whole Cistercian order, in place of the abbot of Chailly, who had been charged to undertake this duty by the head visitor and reformator of the order." [6] Thomas Hobbs (also spelled...
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Hopps Ranking

In the United States, the name Hopps is the 15,178th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [7]

United States Hopps migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Hopps, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Hopps Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Hopps, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [8]
Hopps Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Stephen Hopps, who arrived in Virginia in 1718 [8]
Hopps Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nellie Hopps, aged 6, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Hopps Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Hopps, aged 29, who immigrated to America from Manchester, in 1903
  • Charles Hopps, aged 30, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1906
  • Sidney T. Hopps, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Sheldon, England, in 1909
  • Sarah Hopps, aged 29, who settled in America from Wells, England, in 1912
  • Frederick Hopps, aged 0, who landed in America from Lurgan, Ireland, in 1920
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Canada Hopps migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hopps Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • William Hopps, aged 37, who immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Hopps (post 1700) +

  • James Edward "Jimmy" Hopps Jr. (b. 1939), American jazz drummer
  • John Leonard Hopps (1916-2003), American Major League Baseball player
  • John H. Hopps (d. 2004), American physicist and politician
  • Walter Hopps (1932-2005), American museum director and curator of contemporary art
  • Michael Peter Hopps (b. 1787), Norwegian politician
  • Hanns Hopps (1890-1971), German architect
  • John Alexander "Jack" Hopps OC (1919-1998), Canadian physician, one of the pioneers of the artificial pacemaker, known as the "father of biomedical engineering in Canada"

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  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  8. 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) on Facebook