Show ContentsHowper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Howper comes from when its first bearer worked as a cooper or a fitter of hoops. The surname Howper is derived from the Old English word hop, which means hoop. [1] Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.

Early Origins of the Howper family

The surname Howper was first found in Wiltshire where Adam and Philip le Hoper(e) was listed there in 1228. In Somerset, William le Houper was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for 1327, and Richard Hoper, couper was listed in Yorkshire in 1367. [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include Alexander le Hopere in Devon. [2] In Somerset, John le Hopere was registered there as holding lands, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [3]

Early History of the Howper family

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Howper 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 Howper include Hooper, Hoopar, Hoopir and others.

Early Notables of the Howper family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Hooper (c. 1495-1555), Bishop of Gloucester and Worcester, born towards the end of the fifteenth century in Somerset, where his father was a man of wealth. The exact date and place are not known. He himself usually spelt his name Hoper, others wrote it Houper. [4] He was executed for heresy by burning during the reign of Queen Mary I. He was a Protestant reformer and a Protestant martyr. Edmund Hooper (1553?-1621), was an English organist and composer, born about 1553 at Halberton near Tiverton, Devon, and was brought up at Bradninch...
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Migration of the Howper family

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 Howper or a variant listed above: Arthur Hooper settled in Virginia in 1653; Henry Hooper settled with his wife and servants in Boston in 1716; John Hooper settled in Boston in 1712; Thomas Hooper settled in Virginia in 1635..

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook