Hopwoold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Hopwoold is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Hopwoold family once lived in the settlement of Hopwood in the county of Lancashire. The surname Hopwoold belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names.
Early Origins of the Hopwoold family
The surname Hopwoold 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." 
William de Hopwood, de Hopwode was listed in Cheshire in the 13th century and in the Assize Rolls for Lancashire in 1298. 
Early History of the Hopwoold family
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Hopwoold Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hopwoold family name include Hopwood, Hopwoods, Hipwood, Hapwood, Hobwoods and many more.
Early Notables of the Hopwoold family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: James Hopwood (1752?-1819), English engraver, born at Beverley in Yorkshire about 1752, who took to engraving at the age of forty-five, as a means of supporting a family of six children. "By industry he succeeded in engraving and publishing two plates, on the strength of which he came to...
Migration of the Hopwoold family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hopwoold surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Edward Hopwood was one of the founders of Salem Massachusetts in 1630; Joe Hopwood settled in Barbados in 1635; Mathew Hopwood settled in Virginia in 1663..