Hopla, the origin of the surname.
I picked up on this reference from 2007 and wonder if anyone can translate the French part of it for me please?Subject: Re: Origin of the surname HOPLA ???
Author: Jim Young (guest, 87.102.116.169)
Date: December 11, 2007 at 1:15:49 PM
Reply to: Origin of the surname HOPLA ??? by Hopla, Hoplah Thinking that this might be French in origin I posted a query on a French forum. I'll paste the reply I got here as, though it's in French, the explanation "Hopley", the English language references, and the Pembrokeshire ecclesiastical website are self-explanatory."Tout indique que Hopla est une variante de Hopley, un toponyme que Bardsley et Harrison décomposent en Hope+leah 'pré, prairie'. Ainsi, on retrouve des Hopley et des Hopla qui ont été baptisés dans la même église à ." ( Respondent identified as "Marc" )

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I guess I should be able to since I'm the one who wrote though I can't remember where. Basically, it says that there's every indication that Hopla is a variant of Hopley since you can find people named Hopla and Hopley that were baptized in the same church (see http://www.revjones.fsnet.co.uk/stackgrpreg/twbap.htm). You'll find the origin of Hopley at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hopleyfolk/
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