Oppkine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Oppkine name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Oppkine is derived from the name Hobb, a pet form of the personal name Robert. This name was supplemented by the common diminutive suffix -kin. Thus, the original form of the surname Oppkine was Hobbe-kin. [1]

Early Origins of the Oppkine family

The surname Oppkine was first found in Oxfordshire at Swalcliffe where a family of this name has resided since the 13th century and had nineteen proprietors who had the personal name of John. [1] However, the earliest record of the name was found in the Latin form of Hobekinus in the Curia Regis Rolls of Staffordshire in 1224. William Hobkyn and Richard Hobkyn were both listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1327, while the Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire of the same year list William Hopkyn and John Hopkynes. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Nicholas Hobekyn and Roger Hobekyn in Cambridgeshire and later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Agnes Hobkyn-wyf. [3]

Important Dates for the Oppkine family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oppkine research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1626, 1600, 1657, 1612, 1682, 1660, 1581, 1644, 1620, 1620, 1627, 1690, 1681 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Oppkine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Oppkine Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Oppkine were recorded, including Hopkins, Habbagan, Hopkin, Hopkines, Hopkyns and many more.

Early Notables of the Oppkine family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Robert Hopkins of Wykeham; Edward Hopkins (1600-1657), an English colonist, politician, and Governor of the Connecticut Colony, founder of the New Haven and Connecticut colonies, politically active in the administration of Oliver Cromwell; Sir Richard Hopkins (c. 1612-1682), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Coventry in 1660; and Stephen Hopkins...
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oppkine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Oppkine family to Ireland

Some of the Oppkine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 140 words (10 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 Oppkine family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Oppkine family emigrate to North America: Michael Hopkin settled in Barbados in 1654; Stephen Hopkins and his wife, Elizabeth, settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts in the year of the "Mayflower".

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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)
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