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Hoppe Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Hoppe blazon are the grapes, hillock, acorn and helmet. The two main tinctures (colors) are vert and azure.

The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” 1. It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found 2. More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald 3. More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 4. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 5.

Grapes do not often appear on their own, at least in English arms, but are to be found still on the stem as part of the vine. 6, often of a different colour to the vine plant. Its symbology is likely simply to reflect the profession of the holder, or be a play on words with the family name. 7

The mount (also known as a hillock 8) is the area at the base of the shield and when so described is almost always green, and somewhere that another charge is placed, to appear more realistic, or give it a specific relationship to other charges around it. 9 Indeed, unlike like most of the flat, geometric shapes used to divide the field of the shield, the mount may be drawn with tufts of grass and a distinct slope!This is especially likely if the mount is described by its alternative name of hillock

Amongst the natural objects depicted on a coat of arms, trees feature frequently, either in whole or as individual branches and leaves or fruit. 10. The acorn, often represented in its early state as vert (green) 11 can be associated of course with the mighty oak, signifying, according to Wade, “antiquity and strength”, for obvious reasons.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Hoppe Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Hoppe Origin:

Germany, Holland

Origins of Hoppe:

The surname of Hoppe has many possible origins. The first possible origin of the surname of Hoppe is that it is used as a nickname for someone who is jumpy. It is a common element of surnames throughout Europe that many of them originally derived from nicknames, as it was a very common practice in medieval times. In the beginning, nicknames were applied to people who had distinguishing characteristics, such as moral or mental peculiarities, a similar appearance to a bird or animal, a similar disposition to a bird or animal, occupation of an individual, their habits, or their manner of dress. In the case of the surname of Hoppe, it could have been used for someone who was jumpy, or easily scared. This meaning of the surname of Hoppe derives from the German dialect of “hoppen,” which can be translated to mean “to hop.” Another possible origin of the surname of Hoppe is that it is an occupational surname. This means that the original bearer of the surname of Hoppe most likely took care of the horses, meaning that he actually carried out this job. Occupational surnames were not originally hereditary surnames. They only became hereditary if the son followed in his father’s footsteps for a career; then the surname became hereditary and was used by the children and spouse of the son. In the case of the surname of Hoppe, this occupational surname would have been used for someone who took care of horses, coming from the German word of “Hoppe,” which can be translated to mean “horse,” or “mare.”


More common variations are: Hops, Hopps, Hopson, Hobbs, Hobs, Hobbes, Hopp



The first recorded spelling of the surname of Hoppe can be traced to the country of England. It was said that the family of Hoppe bore a family seat in the county of Somerset from very ancient times, even before the Norman Conquest in the year of 1066.

United States of America:

Throughout the 17th Century, it became common for European Citizens to migrate to the United States of America, which at that time was known as the New World or the Colonies. These European citizens were displeased with the state of their governments, and the living conditions within their home countries. Among those who migrated to the United States of America were those who bore the surname of Hoppe. The first person recorded to bear the surname of Hoppe within the United States of America was one Andries Hoppe, who arrived in the state of New York with his wife, Geertje Hendricks Hoppe, and their daughter, Catrina Hoppe in the year of 1653. It was almost one hundred years before someone else who bore the surname of Hoppe arrived in the United States of America. One Joh Gottolb Hoppe arrived in the state of Pennsylvania in the year of 1750, 97 years after the first Hoppe.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Hoppe: Germany 30,294; United States 11,726; Brazil 2,941; Poland 2,148; South Africa 822; France 576; Denmark 551; Canada 535; Australia 511; England 500; Netherlands 421; Austria 419; Sweden 370

Notable People:

Richard T Hoope MD, who served as the Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Stanford School of Medicine and who was also a professor from America.

Dieter Hoppe (born in 1941) who was a Professor of Chemistry who won the Otto Bayer Award in the year of 1993, and who also was the winner of the Max Planck Award for Internal Cooperation and who was also from Germany.

Hans-Herman Hoppe (born in 1949) who was a social economist from Austria, and who was also an anarcho-capitalist (also known as a libertarian) philosopher, and who was also a Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Fred M. Hoppe, PhD., who was a professor of mathematics and statistics at McMaster University, and who was from Canada.

Gunnar Hoppe (1914-2005) who was a Quaternary geologist and geographer from Sweden.

W. Joe Hoppe (born in 1961) who was a short story writer, poet, and filmmaker from America.

Walter Hoppe (1912-1986) who was a biophysicist from Germany, and who was an electron microscopist, and who was also a pioneer in 3D reconstruction.

Hans-Joachim Hoppe (born in 1945) who was an expert on both the East European and Russian affairs, and who was from the country of Germany.

Art Hoppe (1926-2000) who worked on the San Francisco Chronicle as a columnist

Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Francfort-s/Main D’or à un cep de vigne de sinople fruité d’azur accolé à son échalas le tout posé sur une terrasse du second Cimier un griffon issant d’or tenant entre ses pattes un bâton d’azur Lambrequin d’or et d’azur English: Or, a vine plant vert fructed azure next to its stake all placed on a mount of the second, Crest a griffon issuant or holding between its paws a baton or Mantling or and azure.
2) Prusse – (An., 23 fév. 1637) D’azur à trois ceps de houblon accolés à leurs perches posés sur un tertre de trois coupeaux de sinople chacune des deux perches extérieures sommée d’une huppe au naturel English: Azure, three hop vines next to their poles place on a hillock of three sections vert each of the two outside sticks topped with a tuft all proper.
3) Prusse – (Nob. du St.-Empire, 4 mars 1743) Écartelé aux 1 et 4 d’argent à un gland effeuillé au naturel la queue en bas aux 2 et 3 d’azur à un griffon de gueules tenant une épée d’argent et issant de la pointe par les genoux Cimier un vol de gueules les plumes extérieures d’azur Lambrequin d’azur et de gueules English: Quarterly, 1st & 4th argent a leafless acorn proper, the stem downwards, 2nd & 3rd azure a griffin gules holding a sword argent and issuant from the point of the knees Crest a pair of wings gules the outer feathers azure, Mantling azure and gules.
4) (Chevaliers) – Bavière D’argent à trois framboises au naturel 2 et 1 reliées par deux tiges feuillées de sinople mouv de la framboise en pointe et passées en double sautoir Cimier une framboise entre un vol English: Argent three strawberries proper 2 and 1 linked by two stalks leaved vert, issuing from the strawberry in base creating a double saltire Crest a strawberry between a pair of wings.
5) Danemark – (M. ét.) D’argent à trois casques de sable tarés de profil Cimier une banderole de sable entre huit pennons alternativement de sable et d’argent English: Argent, three helmets sable shown in profile. Crest a banner sable with eight pennants alternating sable and argent.
6) Danemark – (Rec. de nob., 30 juillet 1777) Parti au 1 d’or à la demi-aigle de sable mouv du parti colletée d’une couronne d’or et posant sa serre sur une pierre au naturel dans le canton dextre de la pointe au 2 d’argent à une couronne de feuillage de sinople acc de trois glands du même les queues en haut 1 en chef au flanc senestre et 1 en pointe Casque couronné Cimier trois ceps de vigne au naturel entre deux proboscides d’argent English: Per pale first or a demi-eagle sable issuing from the collar of a crown or and placing its talon on a stone proper in the dexter base quarter, second argent a crown of thorns vert surrounded by three berries of the same their stems upwards 1 in sinister chief and 1 in base. Crowned with a helmet. Crest three vines proper between 2 proboscis argent.

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  • 1 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 2 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert
  • 3 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
  • 4 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
  • 5 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 6 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vine
  • 7 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P264
  • 8 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 324
  • 9 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Mount
  • 10 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P94, 262, 407
  • 11 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Acorn