Hopton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hopton was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hopton family lived in Hopton, Shropshire. The name is derived from the Old English words "hop" + "tun" and literally means "farmstead in a small enclosed valley or enclosed plot of land." [1] There are numerous entries in the Domesday Book with various spellings: Hotune, Hopetuna, Opetune, and Hoptone. [2]

Early Origins of the Hopton family

The surname Hopton was first found in Shropshire where Hopton Castle, Hopton Heath and Hopton Wafers are found. Hopton Castle built by one of the Hopton family, is located in the village of the same name and dates back to at least the 12th century as a motte and bailey. The last Walter Hopton died during the Wars of the Roses and the castle passed by marriage to the Corbet family of Moreton Corbet castle. The Battle of Hopton Heath took place during the First English Civil War, on Sunday 19 March 1643 between Parliamentarian forces led by Sir John Gell, 1st Baronet and Sir William Brereton and a Royalist force. Hopton is also located in Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk and Upper Hopton is found in West Yorkshire. Hopton-on-Sea is a village, civil parish in Norfolk. Some of the family were found at Armley in the West Riding of Yorkshire at one time. "Armley House is a noble mansion of the Ionic order, situated in an extensive and richly-wooded park. The old Hall, anciently the residence of the Hoptons, lords of the manor, is now a farmhouse." [3]

Important Dates for the Hopton family

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Hopton Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Hopton, Hobton, Hoptone and others.

Early Notables of the Hopton family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was David Hopton (died 1492), Canon of Windsor from 1472 to 1492; Sir Ralph Hopton (1510-1571), of Witham, Somerset, an English politician, Member of Parliament for Somerset (1553 and 1555) and for Heytesbury in 1559; John Hopton (d. 1558), Bishop of Norwich; Ralph Hopton, 1st Baron Hopton (1596-1652), a Royalist commander in the English Civil War, Member of Parliament for Shaftesbury (1621-1622), Member...
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Hopton migration to the United States

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Hopton or a variant listed above:

Hopton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Hopton, who arrived in Virginia in 1641 [4]
  • Walven Hopton, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • George Hopton, who settled in Maryland in 1679
  • George Hopton, who arrived in Maryland in 1679 [4]
  • Charles Hopton who settled in Barbados in 1687
Hopton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Hopton, who settled in North Carolina in 1701
  • Charles Hopton, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [4]
Hopton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George W Hopton, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1886 [4]

Hopton migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hopton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert Hopton, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. Robert Hopton, (b. 1809), aged 32, British cabinet maker travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 24th May 1841 [5]
  • Mrs. Charlotte Hopton, (b. 1812), aged 29, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 24th May 1841 [5]
  • Miss Eliza Hopton, (b. 1832), aged 9, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 24th May 1841 [5]
  • Miss Mary Hopton, (b. 1834), aged 7, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 24th May 1841 [5]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hopton (post 1700)

  • Russell Hopton (1900-1945), American actor known for his villainous or disreputable supporting roles in both feature films and 2-reel comedies in the 30s and 40s
  • Charles Ernest Hopton, English cleric, Archdeacon of Birmingham (1915-1944)
  • John Hopton (1858-1934), British sports shooter at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Lieutenant General Sir Edward Hopton KCB DL JP (1837-1912), British Army officer, Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
  • Jane L Hopton, British research psychologist at the University of Edinburgh
  • Georgie Hopton (b. 1967), British artist

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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