Hobaday History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hobaday family

The surname Hobaday was first found in Kent where the family name was first referenced in the year 1469 when William Hobday appeared on the tax rolls for that shire. The name literally means ‘Servant of Hobb’, ‘Hobb the servant.’ [1]

Early History of the Hobaday family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hobaday research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Hobaday History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hobaday 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 Hobaday family name include Hobday, Hobdey, Hobaday, Hobeday, Obday, Obdey and many more.

Early Notables of the Hobaday family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hobaday family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, 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 Hobaday surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Edward Hobday settled in Virginia in 1721.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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