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The surname of HOPPING was a locational name 'the dweller at the hope' from residence between two hills. There are parishes so called in cos. York, Derby and Kent. The name is also spelt HOPES, HOPE and HOPPE. Local surnames, by far the largest group, derived from a place name where the man held land or from the place from which he had come, or where he actually lived. These local surnames were originally preceded by a preposition such as "de", "atte", "by" or "in". The names may derive from a manor held, from working in a religious dwelling or from literally living by a wood or marsh or by a stream. Following the Crusades in Europe a need was felt for a family name. This was recognized by those of noble blood, who realised the prestige and practical advantage it would add to their status. Early records of the name mention Roger le Hope, 1273 County Hereford. Alicia de Hope was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Fulk Hope married Elizabeth Hopkyn in London in the year of 1590. Hope is the name of a Scottish family whose ancestor John de Hope accompanied Queen Madeline de Valois, wife of James V. to Scotland in 1537. They hold the titles Earl of Hopetoun and Marquess of Linlithgow. The former is said to have been granted to the Ist Earl in 1703, in recognition of his father's heroism in giving up his place in a lifeboat to the Duke of York during a shipwreck, as a result of which he died. The name was taken to Ireland by settlers and from the 14th century, the name has been associated with Westmeath, although it is now fairly widely scattered. 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. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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