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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
There are numerous entries in the Domesday Book with various spellings: Hotune, Hopetuna, Opetune, and Hoptone. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


Hopton Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Hopton Spelling Variations


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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.

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Hopton Early History


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Hopton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hopton research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1602, 1787, 1492, 1472, 1492, 1510, 1571, 1553, 1555, 1559, 1558, 1596, 1652, 1621, 1622, 1628, 1629, 1640, 1642, 1638, 1604, 1611, 1621, 1622, 1627, 1709, 1519, 1595, 1570, 1590 and 1564 are included under the topic Early Hopton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hopton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hopton Early Notables (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...

Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hopton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Atlanti c. 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
  • Walven Hopton settled in Virginia in 1654
  • George Hopton settled in Maryland in 1679
  • George Hopton, who arrived in Maryland in 1679
  • Charles Hopton who settled in Barbados in 1687

Hopton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Hopton settled in North Carolina in 1701
  • Charles Hopton, who landed in Virginia in 1701

Hopton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George W Hopton, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1886

Hopton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Hopton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Hopton, aged 32, a cabinet maker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Charlotte Hopton, aged 29, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hopton (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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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.

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Hopton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hopton 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.

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