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Hotchkins Coat of Arms / Hotchkins Family Crest

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The surname of HOTCHKINS was a baptismal name meaning 'son of Roger'. There are numerous variants of the name which include Hodgkin, Hodgkinson, Hodgkiss and Hodgskin. Early records of the name mention Roger Hochekyn, 1327, County Lancashire. Richard Hoggekynes, was documented in County Norfolk in the year 1445. Charles Hodgskines was recorded during the reign of Elizabeth I 1558-1603. John Hodgkin and Isanna Truxton were married in London, in 1562. Richard Abby and Elizabeth Hodgkins, widow, were married in London, in 1601. William Parker and Elizabeth Hodgkins were married at St.Dionis Backchurch, London, in 1656. 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. This surname has always had two main areas of concentration; in West Lancashire, around Preston and in North Derbyshire, around Ashover. The name appears in the Preston Guild Rolls of 1582 in the spellings Hogekynson. 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. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory, Ulster King of Arms, 1884.

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