Haben History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The history of the Haben name began with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from Robert. The name is derived from a pet form of the personal name Robert. In England, in the Middle Ages, rhyming was often used as a device. This practice continued on into the 18th and 19th centuries; cockney, a London dialect of the 19th century, used rhymes almost exclusively to get its point across without the "upper classes" knowing what was being said. A common diminutive of Robert is Rob and Hobb.
Early Origins of the Haben family
The surname Haben was first found in Huntingdonshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Important Dates for the Haben family
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Haben Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Haben family name include Hobbins, Hobbin, Hobbis, Hobbiss, Hoben and others.
Early Notables of the Haben family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Agnes Hobbis, who held estates in Huntingdonshire during the reign of Edward 1st; and Ann Hibbins (Hibbens or Brennum Clenums), executed for witchcraft in...
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Haben migration to the United States
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Haben surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Haben Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mathias Haben, who arrived in North America in 1843
- Jacob Haben, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 
- Albert Haben, who settled in Sacramento, CA in 1888
Contemporary Notables of the name Haben (post 1700)
- Mary Kay Haben, group vice president of Kraft Foods North America
- C Mihael Haben, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)