The Hotchiss family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from the baptismal name Roger
which was nicknamed Hodge.
As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.
Early Origins of the Hotchiss family
The surname Hotchiss was first found in Yorkshire
where the first records of the name were found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379. That rolls had a multitude of listings including: Johannes Hodgeson; Thomas Hogge; Johannes Hoggeson; Ebbota Hoggese and Ricardus Hoge. The last entry was listed as a servant of Roger (Hodge.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Hotchiss family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hotchiss research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1267, 1625, 1629, 1688, 1645, 1714, 1703 and are included under the topic Early Hotchiss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hotchiss Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hotchiss include Hodge, Hodges and others.
Early Notables of the Hotchiss family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Nathaniel Hodges M.D. (1629-1688), an English physician, known for his work during the Great Plague of London and his written account entitled Loimologia; and... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hotchiss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hotchiss family to Ireland
Some of the Hotchiss family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hotchiss family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hotchiss were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Hodge settled in Barbados in 1695; John Hodge settled in Maine in 1623; another John Hodge settled in New Jersey in 1685; Benjamin Hodges settled in Maryland in 1633.
The Hotchiss Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Dant lucem crescentibus orti
Motto Translation: Rising from the crescents they give light.