Habgood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Important Dates for the Habgood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Habgood research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1343, 1455, 1487, and 1545 are included under the topic Early Habgood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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Habgood migration to the United States

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 migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 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 [1]

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

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Citations

  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
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