Show ContentsHabgood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Habgood surname is derived from the Old English "habban," meaning "god," as in "may he have good." [1]

Early Origins of the Habgood family

The surname Habgood was first found in Somerset where John Hauegod was on record in 1280. Later, John Habbegod was found in Gloucestershire in 1343. [1]

Early History of the Habgood family

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Habgood Spelling Variations

Habgood has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Habgood have been found, including Hapgood, Habgood, Havegood, Habbgood, Abgood and many more.

Early Notables of the Habgood family (pre 1700)

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Canada Habgood migration to Canada +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Habgoods to arrive on North American shores:

Habgood Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Habgood, who arrived in Ontario in 1871
  • Beatrice Habgood, who arrived in Quebec in 1884

Australia Habgood migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Habgood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Habgood, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Habgood, English convict who was convicted in Wiltshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "China" on 82nd January 1846, arriving in Norfolk Island, Australia [3]

West Indies Habgood migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
Habgood Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Daniell Habgood, who settled in Barbados sometime between 1682 and 1686

Contemporary Notables of the name Habgood (post 1700) +

  • John Stapylton Habgood PC (1927-2019), Baron Habgood, a British Anglican bishop, academic, Bishop of Durham from 1973 to 1983, and Archbishop of York from 1983 to 1995
  • Mark David Habgood, Australian Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne
  • Anthony Habgood, chairman of Whitbread PLC

Suggested Readings for the name Habgood +

  • Habgood versus Habgood in Chancery by Judith Habgood-Everett, published 1995 by Latton Publications.
  • The Hapgood family, descendants of Shadrach, Warren Hapgood.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from
  3. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 5th February 2021 from
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