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Where did the English Hopson family come from? What is the English Hopson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hopson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hopson family history?

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.

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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.

First found in Suffolk 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hopson research. Another 145 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1527, 1666, 1642, 1717, 1685, 1759, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Hopson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 117 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hopson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hopson 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.

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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
  • Mary Hopson, who landed in Maryland in 1665

Hopson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Detrick Hopson, aged 38, arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • Chas. B. Hopson, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1893
  • John Thos. Hopson, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1893

Hopson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Sideny H. Hopson, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Frederick Henry Hopson, aged 38, who emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1908
  • Albert Edward Hopson, aged 18, who landed in America from London, England, in 1913


Hopson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Hopson, a blacksmith, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Hopson, a harness-maker, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Nicholas Hopson, aged 27, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent"
  • Nicholas Hopson, aged 27, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851

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  • 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
  • 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


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  • Some Very Fine Folks; Hopson by George Royalty Hopson.
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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: Fortitudine
Motto Translation: With fortitude.

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  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Hopson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hopson 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.

This page was last modified on 28 March 2014 at 14:18.

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