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. 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." Names based upon military prowess were quite popular in the early medieval period.
Early Origins of the Hudgens family
The surname Hudgens was first found in Northumberland
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 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)
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Migration of the Hudgens family to Ireland
Some of the Hudgens family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 157 words (11 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 Hudgens family to the New World and Oceana
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.