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About the study
On retirement in 2000, having survived the 'millennium bug', I started researching my Hoade family tree. In pursuit of this I started recording in spreadsheets all Hoade births, deaths and marriages from registers (1837 to early 20th century),earlier parish records, online genealogical sources etc. I have subsequently gathered further information on wills, probates, newspaper articles, military records, deeds and other legal documents. Much of this information is in the form of pdf files. In 2006 I decided to join the Guild of One-Name Studies and, initially, to limit the study to 'Hoade' and only include the more common 'Hoad' surname when related to my own family tree. I do intend to extend the study to include Hoad and other variants in the future. I do have some records of Hoades overseas but this is not complete and not yet organized into structured records.
Hoad is actually the most common form, followed by Hoade, with a very limited number of Hode, Hoath and possibly Hoard forms.
Hoad/Hoade is classed as an English local surname. Middle English dialects apparently each had their own which were reflected in the spelling. In East Sussex and adjoining parts of Kent, the names Hoad/Hoade and Hoath, with Hoadley, Hoather and Hother all appear to derive from a dialectal 'hoth' corresponding to the normal 'heath' P.H. Reaney - The Origin of English Surnames).
History of the name
A family of Hoad/Hoades were part of a move of iron workers, including Huguenots, into the Shottermill area on the Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire borders in the late 1500s and they are variously described as Fyners, Sicklemakers and Mill Owners at various times during the 1600s and 1700s. Greta A. Turner in part 1 of her two volumes on 'Shottermill its Farms, Families and Mills' describes them as 'alien' workers and seems to assume the Hoades were Huguenots but given the Anglo Saxon origins of the name, I can only assume they happened to move into this part of the Weald, at the same time, but most likely from Sussex and/or Kent. Along with the Bridays, with whom there was considerable inter-marriage, they became one of the families that were increasingly found in the Linchmere, Pitfold and Bramshott parishes.