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The name Hotchkiss was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman personal name Roger. Hotchkis was a baptismal name which means Roger. 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.

Hotchkiss Early Origins



The surname Hotchkiss was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Hotchkiss Spelling Variations


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Hotchkiss Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Hotchkiss, Hotchkis and others.

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Hotchkiss Early History


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Hotchkiss Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hotchkiss research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1453 and 1470 are included under the topic Early Hotchkiss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hotchkiss Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hotchkiss Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Hotchkiss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hotchkiss or a variant listed above:

Hotchkiss Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Hotchkiss, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Samuel Hotchkiss, who landed in New Haven, Conn in 1638
  • Adam Hotchkiss settled in New England in 1659

Hotchkiss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Hotchkiss settled in Maryland in 1775

Hotchkiss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Archibald Hotchkiss, aged 39, arrived in Texas in 1834
  • Rinaldo Hotchkiss, who arrived in Texas in 1836
  • Charles S Hotchkiss, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Hotchkiss, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1895

Hotchkiss Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Benjamin K. Hotchkiss, who emigrated to America, in 1903
  • Bella Hotchkiss, aged 40, who landed in America from Bothwell, in 1904
  • Charles W. Hotchkiss, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Anna Camilla Hotchkiss, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Charles E. Hotchkiss, aged 57, who landed in America, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hotchkiss Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Hotchkiss arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anglia" in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hotchkiss (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hotchkiss (post 1700)



  • Jedediah "Jed" Hotchkiss (1828-1899), American educator, cartographer and topographer during the American Civil War who is generally credited for the Confederate General Stonewall Jackson's victories in the Valley Campaign of 1862
  • Julie Hotchkiss Ph.D., American research economist and policy adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Rollin Hotchkiss Ph.D. (1911-2004), American biochemist and geneticist who established beyond doubt that DNA, and not protein, is the genetic material in bacteria and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Danish Academy
  • Benjamin Berkeley Hotchkiss (1826-1885), American ordnance engineer, eponym of the Hotchkiss gun and the Hotchkiss School at Lakeville, Connecticut
  • Cyrus Arthur Hotchkiss (1863-1941), American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1928; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Virginia 4th District, 1940
  • Clarence Roland Hotchkiss (1880-1952), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1916; Secretary of Oregon Republican Party, 1920; Presidential Elector for Oregon, 1920
  • Charles M. Hotchkiss (1853-1927), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Cheshire; Elected 1906
  • Charles E. Hotchkiss (1859-1944), American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Norfolk, 1912
  • C. C. Hotchkiss, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Chautauqua County 1st District, 1935
  • Asahel Augustus Hotchkiss (1799-1885), American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 17th District, 1863-64
  • ... (Another 31 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Hotchkiss Historic Events


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Hotchkiss Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. James  Hotchkiss, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. George  Hotchkiss (1903-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Ruth  Hotchkiss (1906-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Harry  Hotchkiss, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on December 6th 1917
  • Ms. Laura Hotchkiss, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on December 6th 1917

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Henry Hotchkiss, British Electrical Artificer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Charles Hotchkiss, English First Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Hotchkiss


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Suggested Readings for the name Hotchkiss



  • The Hotchkiss Family: Descendants of Samuel Hotchkiss (ca. 1622-1663) of New Haven, Connecticut by Nellie Cowdell.
  • John Hodgkin (Hotchkin; also Hotchkiss) of Guilford, Connecticut and His Descendants by Geoffrey Brown.

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    Other References

    1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    11. ...

    The Hotchkiss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hotchkiss Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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