My interest in the surname Hopkinson has led me to try and research Hopkinson families from all over the world. The Hopkinson surname seems to have originated in Northern England. By the 1600’s there were numerous Hopkinsons in Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and in the City of London. While paper genealogy has been able to get us back to a point, it seems impossible to find a paper trail going back to the 1400’s when the surname first shows up in Lincolnshire. I AM ACTIVELY SEARCHING FOR MALES WITH THE SURNAME HOPKINSON WHO WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS STUDY. I am particularly interested in descendants of the following lines:
1) James Hopkinson, Wagonmaster. See my Hopkinsons of London page. Suprisingly enough, the Y-DNA results indicate that the line that most closely matches it is my line of Hopkinsons from Bury, Lancashire. Whether someone from Bury went to London, or someone from London went to Bury to settle is still not clear. There were only 4 genetic differences on the 37 markers. Statistically there is a 90% chance that there is a common ancestor within 400-500 years. The common ancestor is before 1600 since we know James Hopkinson, wagonmaster was born around 1600 and there is no common ancestor up until that point.
2) Benjamin Hopkinson and John Hopkinson (brothers) who went to Guyana and the West Indies and were very prosperous. They both had numerous descendants there, some of which went back to England. I suspect these brothers were from London or Lancashire originally, but they could be from any line. See my Hopkinsons of Guyana page for information on this line.
The test involves a simple cheek swab that is sent by mail. You return the test kit back to the laboratory and the results are posted on the website, by kit number only (no names used on the website). Please contact me at email@example.com if you are interested in participating in this study.
One question that has always nagged at me is whether or not all the Hopkinson lines originated from one ancestor, or if there are more than one originators of the surname in different regions. The YDNA study will hopefully be able to answer that if we can get participants from the various regions. A broader question is what is the genetic relationship between the surnames Hopkins and Hopkinson. Given how the surname Hopkinson evolved, there is a chance they have the same originators.
Please contact me or visit the Family Tree DNA Hopkinson surname study page for further information. Visit the website for further details on the result.s