Show ContentsHudgeon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Hudgeon are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture 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 Hudgeon family

The surname Hudgeon 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 Hudgeon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hudgeon research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1766, 1787, 1798, 1800, 1823, 1845, 1866, 1875 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Hudgeon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hudgeon Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hudgeon family name include Hodgins, Hodgens, Hodgin, Hodgings and others.

Early Notables of the Hudgeon family

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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Ireland Migration of the Hudgeon family to Ireland

Some of the Hudgeon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Australia Hudgeon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hudgeon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Hudgeon, British convict who was convicted in Isle of Man for life, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 12th April 1826, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]


  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. Convict Records of Australia. Retreived 28th January 2021 from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/chapman


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