Hood Family History
Hood Name Meaning
English and Scottish: nickname from Middle English hod hood hodde ‘hood’ either for someone who wore a hood (like the medieval folk hero Robin Hood) or who made and sold hoods. In Kent and Sussex the name may sometimes have been confused with Hoad . English: from the Middle English personal name Hod(e) a variant of Ode or Odd with prosthetic H-; see Ott and Oates and compare Hodson English and Scottish: variant of Hudd from the Middle English personal name Hudde Hutte which could represent Old English Hud(d)a or its ancient Germanic equivalent Hud(d)o but is more likely from Anglo-Norman French Hud(de) a pet form of Hugh. English: habitational name from Hood in Rattery (Devon) from Old English hōd ‘hood’ probably referring to a hood-shaped hill. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hUid ‘descendant of Ud’ a personal name of uncertain derivation. This was the name of an Ulster family who were bards to the O'Neills of Clandeboy and was later altered to Mac hUid. Compare Mahood . In some cases also an Americanized form of French Houde .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022