The surname of HODSDEN was a baptismal name 'the son of Hodge', a pet form of Roger. The name was documented early in England, and the first of the name on records appears to be HOGGESONE (without surname) who was recorded in 1086. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conqueror. It is known as the Domesday book. Other records of the name mention Ebbotta Hoggeson who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. William Hoggeson of the County of Lancashire appears in the year 1395 and John Hodgeson of the County of Yorkshire was recorded in 1525. Hoggie de Hedde of London, was documented during the reign of Henry VII (1485-1509). In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another. A notable bearer of the name was Ralph Hodgson (1871-1962) the English poet, born in Yorkshire. He became a journalist in London and published three volumes of poems always with the theme of nature and England. He was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun (1938) and the Queen's Gold Medal in 1954.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory.
Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Hodsdon, County Herts.
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