Open main menu

Oceanus Hopkins (1620—c.1626) was the only child born on the Mayflower[1] during its historic voyage which brought the English Pilgrims to America. A boy, Peregrine White, was born on board, after arriving in America, as the ship lay at anchor.

Oceanus was born to Stephen Hopkins and his wife, Elizabeth Hopkins (née Fisher),[2] sometime between the boarding and arrival dates of September 6 and November 9, 1620. He died at about age six, certainly before the 1627 Division of Cattle.[3] The location of his grave is unknown.

He was named 'Oceanus', Latin for 'ocean', because he was born on the Atlantic Ocean.[4]


  1. ^ "Oceanus Hopkins". Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild". ISTG. ISTG™Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild LLC. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  3. ^ Rod Gragg, The Pilgrim Chronicles: An Eyewitness History of the Pilgrims and the Founding of Plymouth Colony, 2014, ISBN 1621572692, p. 294
  4. ^ Hatch, Ansel (2014-10-08). American History (According to Roaches): The First Thanksgiving was Inspired by Roaches. Ansel Hatch. ISBN 9781311440648.

External linksEdit