Hotchkins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hotchkins originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the son of Hodge.

Early Origins of the Hotchkins family

The surname Hotchkins was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Hotchkins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hotchkins research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1453, 1524, 1798, 1866 and 1560 are included under the topic Early Hotchkins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hotchkins Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hotchkins has appeared include Hodgkins, Hodgskins, Hodgskin, Hodgskines, Hodgskyns, Hodskins, Hodskin, Hodkins, Hodkinson and many more.

Early Notables of the Hotchkins family (pre 1700)

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hotchkins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hotchkins family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hotchkins arrived in North America very early: Edmund Hodgkin arrived in Philadelphia in 1858; Mary Hodgkin settled in Virginia in 1638 with her husband; William Hodgkins settled in Virginia in 1698.



The Hotchkins 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: Sans dieu rien
Motto Translation: Without God nothing.


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