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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.

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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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Distinguished members of the family include Agnes Hobbis, who held estates in Huntingdonshire during the reign of Edward 1st; and Ann Hibbins (Hibbens or Brennum Clenums), executed for witchcraft in...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoban Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Anne Hoban, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Patrick Hoban, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
  • 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
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  • Lillian Hoban (1925-1998), American children's literature author and artist
  • Tana Hoban (1917-2006), American author and photographer
  • Russell Conwell Hoban (b. 1925), American (living in London) writer of fantasy and science fiction
  • 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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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