Theres another theory I have about the Hodder name. First -yes I think the theory about the brick and mortar carriers is correct, but that it should lead to there being more Hodders spread over a larger area of GB because the need for stonework was quite large. Maybe the stonemasons did the job themselves most of the time.
Further, my understanding is that Hodd means small valley in old english. That describes the hodd tool exactly, along with a bookmakers purse - easy to change money. The biggest lead in my opinion is the concentration of Hodders in the south of England. Nothings been mentioned on this forum yet about Hod Hill in Dorset near Stourpaine. It was a major roman fort from way back. As a large settlement surely some of the residents took on the name of the village as their own.
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