Show ContentsHudgens History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Hudgens begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the personal name Roger. The surname is based upon the pet form Hodge. [1] The name Roger is of Old Norman origin and came to England shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Many names came to England in this way, as King William the Conqueror encouraged the immigration of skilled tradesmen into his newly conquered country. The name Roger can be loosely translated as "fame-spear." [2] [3]

Early Origins of the Hudgens family

The surname Hudgens was first found in Staffordshire where Robert Hocjekyn was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. John Hogekyn was listed in Pembrokeshire in 1453 and Richards Hoggekynes was found in Norfolk in 1445. In Shropshire (Salop), we found William Hochekys in 1470 and in Suffolk, Robert Hodgekin was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1524. [1]

Early History of the Hudgens family

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Hudgens Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hudgens has been recorded under many different variations, including Hodgins, Hodgens, Hodgin, Hodgings and others.

Early Notables of the Hudgens family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Hodgkin (1766-1845), grammarian, born at Shipston-on-Stour, 1766, was educated partly at a quakers' school at Worcester, and partly by his uncle, Thomas Hodgkin, a successful private tutor in London, who invited his nephew to enter his own profession. In 1787 he joined Thomas Young in superintending the education of Hudson Gurney. The two tutors seem to have given each other mutual instruction for four years, and tutors and pupil remained warm friends through life. [4] His son, Thomas Hodgkin (1798-1866), the British physician, and pathologist was born at Tottenham, Middlesex, 17 Aug. 1798...
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Hudgens Ranking

In the United States, the name Hudgens is the 4,496th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Hudgens family to Ireland

Some of the Hudgens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hudgens family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hudgens or a variant listed above: Thomas Hodgins who settled in New England in 1654; Margaret Hodgins settled in New York in 1823 along with Henry and James.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook