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Where did the English Hoban family come from? What is the English Hoban family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hoban family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hoban family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Hoban comes 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.


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hoban has appeared include Hobbins, Hobbin, Hobbis, Hobbiss, Hoben and others.

First found in Huntingdonshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoban research. Another 67 words(5 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1770 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Hoban History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 103 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoban Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hoban arrived in North America very early:

Hoban Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edmond Hoban, who settled in America in 1742
  • William Hoban, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767

Hoban Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dennis Hoban, who came to Detroit in 1840
  • Cath. Hoban, who arrived in New Orleans in 1852
  • Martin Hoban, who arrived in Ohio in 1852
  • Peter Hoban, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • Edward Hoban, who came to Nebraska in 1889

Hoban Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Hoban, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin
  • Anne Hoban, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin
  • Patrick Hoban, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin
  • Robert Hoban, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Catherine Hoban, who came to Quebec in 1847

Hoban Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Hoban, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • Daniel Hoban, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"
  • Patrick Hoban, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"

Hoban Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Julia Hoban, aged 26, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883


  • Russell Conwell Hoban (b. 1925), American (living in London) writer of fantasy and science fiction
  • Tana Hoban (1917-2006), American author and photographer
  • Lillian Hoban (1925-1998), American children's literature author and artist
  • Mark Hoban (b. 1964), British Conservative Party politician
  • James Hoban (1758-1831), Irish architect, best known for designing The White House


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The Hoban Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hoban Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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