The Habgood surname is derived from the Old English "habban," meaning "god."
Early Origins of the Habgood family
The surname Habgood was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1280 when John Hauegod was on record in Somerset.
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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Migration of the Habgood family to the New World and Oceana
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 United States in the 17th Century
- Daniell Habgood, who settled in Barbados sometime between 1682 and 1686
Habgood Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Habgood, who arrived in Ontario in 1871
- Beatrice Habgood, who arrived in Quebec in 1884
Habgood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Joseph Habgood, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Habgood (post 1700)
- John Stapylton Habgood (b. 1927), Baron Habgood, English 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, 1656-1898.by Warren Hapgood