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Origins Available: English, Irish
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.
The surname Hoban was first found in Huntingdonshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.
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.
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
Hoban Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Hoban Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Hoban Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Hoban Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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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