The surname of HODGETTS has the associated arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
Registered at Dudley, Elm Lodge, Hagley, County Worcestershire. The name was a baptismal name 'the son of Roger' an ancient font name, and still a popular personal name. Early records mention HODGETT (without surname) who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Edward Hodgetts was recorded in County Lancashire in the year 1273, William Hodgett, County Durham, ibid. Henry Hodgetts of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Richard Ivatt and Agnes Hodgett who were married in London in the year 1577. The name has many variant spellings which include Hodgett, and Hoggetts. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during and in the wake of the Invasion of 1066, are nearly all territorial in origin. The followers of William the Conqueror were a pretty mixed lot, and while some of them brought the names of their castles and villages in Normandy with them, many were adventurers of different nationalities attached to William's standard by the hope of plunder, and possessing no family or territorial names of their own. Those of them who acquired lands in England were called by their manors, while others took the name of the offices they held or the military titles given to them, and sometimes, a younger son of a Norman landowner, on receiving a grant of land in his new home dropped his paternal name and adopted that of his newly acquired property. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.
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