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

The Homan name was originally an Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who worked as a servant for Hugh.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Homan has undergone many spelling variations, including Homan, Homans, Howman, Hoeman, Hownam and others.

First found in Huntingdonshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Homan research. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Homan History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Homan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Homan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 67 words(5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Homan were among those contributors:

Homan Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Anders Andersson Homan, who arrived in Delaware in 1643
  • Harbert Homan, who arrived in Maryland in 1671
  • John Homan, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
  • Anders Homan, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1693

Homan Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Christoph Homan, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1747
  • Michael Homan, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Mr. Homan to Boston in 1765

Homan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Homan, aged 46, landed in Georgia in 1812
  • Philip Homan to New Orleans in 1822
  • Patrick Homan to Philadelphia in 1848


  • Charles Inskeep Homan, American professional engineer
  • Dennis Frank Homan (b. 1946), American former American NFL football wide receiver
  • Philip JL Homan, British Director of the Metrication Board
  • Rear Admiral Thomas B Homan, British Director General of Naval Personal Services
  • Rachel Catherine Homan (b. 1989), Canadian curler, former Canadian Junior Champion, skip of the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts championship team
  • Korie Homan (b. 1986), Dutch gold medalist wheelchair tennis player, former world number one
  • Sir William Jackson Homan (1771-1852), 1st Baronet, was an Irish baronet


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: Labile quod opportunum
Motto Translation: That which is opportune is quickly gone, or opportunity soon slips by.


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The Homan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Homan 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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