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Hopson is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the given name for the son of Robert, which was originally derived from the nickname, Hob. [1]

Early Origins of the Hopson family

The surname Hopson was first found in Essex, where John Hobbessone was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. Another John, John Hobsone, was recorded in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1327. [2]

In Somerset, William Hobbeson, was listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [3]

Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Petrus Hobbeson, Willelmus Hobbeson, and Robertus Hobson. [1]

Early History of the Hopson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hopson research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1527, 1544, 1631, 1544, 1561, 1568, 1666, 1642, 1717, 1685, 1759, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Hopson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hopson Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hopson has been recorded under many different variations, including Hobson, Hopson and others.

Early Notables of the Hopson family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Hobson (1544?-1631), carrier of Cambridge, eldest son of Thomas Hobson and Elinor his wife, was born in or about 1544, probably at Buntingford, Hertfordshire, of which place his father was a native. "The father, a carrier by trade, who settled in Cambridge in 1561, was at the time of his death in 1568 one of the treasurers of the corporation. He devised his copyhold lands in Grantchester to his son Thomas, to whom he bequeathed ‘the team ware that he now goeth with, that is to say, the cart and eight horses...
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Hopson Ranking

In the United States, the name Hopson is the 2,256th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Hopson family to Ireland

Some of the Hopson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hopson migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hopson or a variant listed above:

Hopson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Hopson, who arrived in Virginia in 1618 [5]
  • Mary Hopson, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [5]
Hopson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Detrick Hopson, aged 38, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823 [5]
  • Chas. B. Hopson, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1893
  • John Thomas Hopson, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1893
Hopson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Sideny H. Hopson, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Frederick Henry Hopson, aged 38, who immigrated to America from London, England, in 1904
  • Bertram Hopson, aged 10, who settled in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Jessie Hopson, aged 8, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1908
  • Albert Edward Hopson, aged 18, who landed in America from London, England, in 1913
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Australia Hopson migration to Australia +

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

Hopson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Hopson, a blacksmith, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Hopson, a harness-maker, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Nicholas Hopson, aged 27, a blacksmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" [6]
  • Nicholas Hopson, aged 27, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hopson (post 1700) +

  • Tyrone Hopson (b. 1976), American NFL football offensive guard
  • James Hopson (b. 1935), American paleontologist and retired professor at the University of Chicago
  • Hal Hopson (b. 1933), American composer and church musician residing in Dallas, Texas with ovr 100 published works
  • Eddie Hopson (b. 1971), American retired professional boxer
  • Dennis Hopson (b. 1965), retired American professional NBA basketball player, current assistant coach at Bowling Green State University
  • Charles L. "Chuck" Hopson II (b. 1941), American pharmacist and politician, member of the Texas House of Representatives
  • Briggs Hopson (1965-2008), American politician, Republican member of the Mississippi Senate, representing the 23rd District since 2008
  • Charles Rivington Hopson (1744-1796), English medical writer, born probably in London, in 1744 [7]
  • Violet Hopson (1891-1973), born Elma Kate Victoria Karkeek, an Australian-born, British actress
  • Jim Hopson, Canadian President and CEO of the CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders

The Hopson 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: Fortitudine
Motto Translation: With fortitude.

Suggested Readings for the name Hopson +

  • Some Very Fine Folks; Hopson by George Royalty Hopson.

  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. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. 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.
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1851. Retrieved
  7. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 4 August 2020 on Facebook