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Where did the English Hobson family come from? What is the English Hobson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hobson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hobson family history?

Hobson is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the given name for the son of Robert, which was originally derived from the nickname Hob.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hobson have been found, including Hobson, Hopson and others.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hobson research. Another 145 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1527, 1666, 1642, 1717, 1685, 1759, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Hobson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 117 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hobson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hobson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Hobson, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Hobson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Hobson settled in Virginia in 1619
  • Edward Hobson, who landed in Virginia in 1619
  • Thomas Hobson settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Nicholas Hobson settled in Barbados in 1634
  • Nicholas Hobson, aged 23, arrived in Barbados in 1634

Hobson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Solomon Hobson, who landed in Virginia in 1704

Hobson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Jonathan Hobson, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • Abraham Hobson, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1834
  • Henry H Hobson, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • John Hobson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1863
  • Christopher Henry Hobson, who arrived in Mississippi in 1870


  • Richmond Pearson Hobson (1870-1937), U.S. Navy admiral, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Victor Brian Hobson (b. 1980), American football linebacker
  • James Allan Hobson (b. 1933), American psychologist, professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School
  • Brigadier-General William Horace Hobson (1888-1960), American Commanding General Fort Benning, Georgia (1943-1945)
  • Ernest William Hobson FRS (1856-1933), English mathematician
  • John Atkinson Hobson (1858-1940), English economist
  • Sergeant Frederick Hobson (1875-1917), Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross during the First World War
  • Captain William Hobson (1792-1842), the first Governor of New Zealand
  • David Hobson (b. 1960), Australian opera singer


  • Descendants of the May-Hobson-Lain Families by Jeanette Lain Swafford.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortitudine
Motto Translation: With fortitude.


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The Hobson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hobson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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