Hopwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The history of the Hopwood family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the settlement of Hopwood in the county of Lancashire. The surname Hopwood belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names.

Early Origins of the Hopwood family

The surname Hopwood was first found in Lancashire at Hopwood, a township, in the parish of Middleton, union of Bury, hundred of Salford. "A family of the local name was seated here for many centuries, probably from Saxon times. In 1359, Adam de Hopwood was one of the inquisition at Preston held before Thomas de Seton and others, justices, to determine a dispute between Henry, Duke of Lancaster, and Roger de la Warre. On the death of Dr. Robert Hopwood, in the early part of the eighteenth century, when the family became extinct, the estates passed to the Gregges, who assumed the additional name of Hopwood. Hopwood Hall is an old-fashioned house, pleasing in aspect and agreeable in situation, with tolerably extensive pleasure-grounds, tastefully laid out." [1]

Important Dates for the Hopwood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hopwood research. Another 54 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 129 and 1298 are included under the topic Early Hopwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hopwood Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hopwood include Hopwood, Hopwoods, Hipwood, Hapwood, Hobwoods and many more.

Early Notables of the Hopwood family (pre 1700)

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Hopwood migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hopwood or a variant listed above:

Hopwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Hopwood was one of the founders of Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Joe Hopwood, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Jo Hopwood, aged 20, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [2]
  • Mathew Hopwood, who settled in Virginia in 1663
Hopwood Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Hopwood, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1900 [2]

Hopwood migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hopwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Hopwood, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • John Hopwood, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Charles Hopwood, a engineer, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Hopwood, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan" [5]
  • George Hopwood, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Thetis" [6]

Hopwood 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:

Hopwood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. T. Hopwood, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lord Ashley" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th October 1858 [7]
  • Mr. Hopwood, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 15th October 1870 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hopwood (post 1700)

  • John Hopwood (1745-1802), American civil servant during the American Revolutionary War, founder of the town of Hopwood, Pennsylvania
  • Jeffrey A Hopwood, American Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Northeastern University
  • Avery Hopwood (1882-1928), prominent American dramatist, known for having four plays running simultaneously on Broadway in 1920, eponym of the Hopwood Awards
  • Keith Hopwood (b. 1946), English musician, singer-songwriter, composer, businessman and record producer, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist for the pop band, Herman's Hermits
  • Rear Admiral Ronald Arthur Hopwood CB (1868-1949), British naval officer and poet
  • Judith "Judy" Hopwood (b. 1954), former Australian politician, Member for Hornsby, New South Wales (2002-2011)
  • Mererid Hopwood (b. 1964), Welsh poet, the first woman ever to win the bardic Chair at the National Eisteddfod of Wales (2001)
  • Herbert "Bert" Hopwood (1908-1996), British motorcycle designer, known for designing the Norton Dominator, BSA Golden Flash and the BSA Rocket 3/Triumph Trident motorcycles
  • Sir David Hopwood FRS, Ph.D. (b. 1933), Professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK
  • Paul Hopwood, British operatic tenor

Historic Events for the Hopwood family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. William Hopwood, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  5. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 17th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Joseph Rowan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/josephrowan1854.shtml
  6. ^ South Australian Register Friday 1st September 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emigrant 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/thetis1854.shtml
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
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