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Family name
Meaning "renowned-fame"; "Son of Hob" (or "Son of Robert"; a direct translation from the old English version, Hobbe-kyn)
Region of origin Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland
Language(s) of origin English, Irish Gaelic
Related names Hupkens, Hopkin, Hopkinson, Dob(b), Hob(b), Hop, Nob(b), Rob, Robb, Robin, Robbins, Robinson, Popkyn, Robert
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Hopkins is an English, Welsh and Irish patronymic surname. The English and Welsh derivations mean "son of Hob". It derives from the Germanic warrior name Hrod-berht, translated as "renowned-fame". It was 'borrowed' into French, where the spelling was changed from "Hob" to "Robert". The name in Ireland is an Anglicisation of the Irish Gaelic surname Mac Oibicin. The name increased in popularity in, and later became associated with, Wales around the 17th century. The Robert spelling was introduced to England and Scotland after the Norman conquest of England.

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