Hopsonn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hopsonn 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 Hopsonn family

The surname Hopsonn 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 Hopsonn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hopsonn 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 Hopsonn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hopsonn 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. Hopsonn has been recorded under many different variations, including Hobson, Hopson and others.

Early Notables of the Hopsonn 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...
Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hopsonn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hopsonn family to Ireland

Some of the Hopsonn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hopsonn family

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 Hopsonn or a variant listed above: Edward Hobson settled in Virginia in 1619 one year before the "Mayflower"; Elizabeth Hobson settled in Virginia in 1654; Henry Hobson settled in Barbados in 1654.



The Hopsonn 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.


  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.


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