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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, Cymraeg, Irish Gaelic
Related names Hopkin, Hopkinson, Dob(b), Hob(b), Hop, Nob(b), Rob, Robb, Robin, Robbins, Robinson, Popkyn, Robert
Footnotes: Frequency Comparisons[1]

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 name Mac Oibicin. The name increased in popularity in, and became associated with, Wales around the 17th century. The Robert spelling was introduced to England and Scotland after the Norman conquest of England.


  • Known people surnamed Hopkins 1
  • Fictional characters 2
  • References 3
  • See also 4

Known people surnamed Hopkins

Fictional characters


  1. ^ Hopkins Surname at Forebears

See also

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