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Origins of the Hodgson surname

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What does the name Hodgson mean?

The Hodgson surname is found commonly in England, where it has been found as early as the 1300s, and is thought to have Norman history. It is a patronymic name, given to those were the son or heir of a Roger or 'Hodge' (a common medieval diminutive of the same name), a popular Norman name during the medieval period.

Alternative variations of the name Hodgson

Hodgson, Hodson, Hodgeson, Hodsdon, Hodgin

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Where do most Hodgsons live?

In 1921, most Hodgsons lived in Yorkshire.

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Interesting facts about Hodgsons

How common is your surname?

175th most common surname in the UK

We have 216,000 records for the Hodgson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1264.

Who were Hodgsons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Hodgson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Hodgsons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Hodgsons in 1921


Cotton Weaver


House Servant


General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


Common Male occupations for Hodgsons in 1921
Coal Miner






General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer


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