The ancestors of the Hoptone family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They 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." 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early Origins of the Hoptone family
The surname Hoptone 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
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Hoptone family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoptone 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 Hoptone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hoptone Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hoptone were recorded, including Hopton, Hobton, Hoptone and others.
Early Notables of the Hoptone 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... Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoptone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hoptone family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Hoptone arrived in North America very early: Charles Hopton who settled in Barbados in 1687; another Charles Hopton settled in North Carolina in 1701; George Hopton settled in Maryland in 1679; Walven Hopton settled in Virginia in 1654..