Hobart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hobart has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the baptismal name Hubert. [1] As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honour of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

However, another source claims the name could have been a nickname "from the small Falcon or Hawk so called (Old French hobert, a hobby, hawk)." [2]

Early Origins of the Hobart family

The surname Hobart was first found in Norfolk as "Hubbard is a characteristic Norfolk name. The early form of the name in this and the neighbouring counties, both in Domesday times and in the centuries immediately following, was Hubert, occasionally written Huberd; and we find that Robert Hubert or Hoberd was rector of Seaming at the close of the 14th century." [3]

Over in Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Petrus Hubard; Alicia Hubard; Isabella Hoberd; and William Hoberd as all residing there at that time.

"The Visitation of Essex (1541) gives the surname of the family of Huberd indiscriminately as Huberd, Hobert, Hubert, and Hobart. Memorials of a family spelt indifferently Hubbard or Hobart are (or were) to be found in Little Plumstead Church, Norfolk." [1]

Some of the family did migrate to Scotland, but much later on and in small numbers: "Patrick Hobart, was burgess of Dundee in 1649." [4]

Early History of the Hobart family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hobart research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1611, 1560, 1625, 1588, 1507, 1560, 1625, 1593, 1647, 1621, 1624, 1625, 1626, 1628, 1683, 1667, 1654, 1656, 1657, 1699, 1699, 1695, 1756, 1746, 1632 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Hobart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hobart Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hobart include Hobart, Habart, Habbard, Hobert and others.

Early Notables of the Hobart family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir James Hobart (d. 1507) of Monks Eleigh, Suffolk, Attorney General during the reign of King Henry VII. , He was the youngest son of Thomas Hobart of Leyham in Norfolk. [5] Sir Henry Hobart, 1st Baronet SL (c. 1560-1625), of Blickling Hall, an English judge and politician. He was Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, from a family long settled in Norfolk and Suffolk, was great-grandson of Sir James Hobart. [q. v.]. He was the son of Thomas Hobart of Plumstead, Norfolk. [5] He would establish the first of the two baronetcies for the Hobart...
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Hobart Ranking

In the United States, the name Hobart is the 7,968th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Hobart family to Ireland

Some of the Hobart family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Hobart migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hobart Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edmund Hobart, who settled in Charleston in 1630
  • Edmond Hobart, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1633 [7]
  • Nazareth Hobart, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 [7]
  • Rebecca Hobart, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 [7]
  • Thomas Hobart, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hobart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Adam Hobart, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [7]
  • Johannes Hobart, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1758 [7]
Hobart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mathew Hobart, who arrived in America in 1802 [7]
  • Nicholas Hobart, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [7]
  • Elisabeth Hobart, who arrived in Texas in 1844 [7]
  • Franz Hobart, aged 2, who landed in New York in 1854 [7]
  • Johann Hobart, aged 35, who landed in New York in 1854 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hobart migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hobart Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Hobart, aged 28, a joiner, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion" [8]
  • Herbert Hobart, aged 28, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849 [8]
  • Eliza Hobart, aged 24, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849 [8]
  • William Hobart, aged 21, a farmer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Time and Truth" [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hobart (post 1700) +

  • Rose Hobart (1906-2000), née Kefer, American actress, known for her roles in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), The Farmer's Daughter (1947) and Conflict (1945)
  • Lewis Parsons Hobart (1873-1954), American architect
  • John Henry Hobart (1775-1830), American clergyman, the 3rd Episcopal bishop of New York (1816-1830)
  • John Sloss Hobart (1738-1805), American jurist and politician, United States Senator from New York in 1798
  • Henry Hobart (1888-1951), American silent film producer
  • Harrison Carroll Hobart (1815-1902), American colonel in the Union Army during the American Civil War and politician, Member of the Wisconsin Senate from the 1st district (1848-1849)
  • Clarence Hobart (1870-1930), American tennis player, six-time champion at the U.S. National Championships
  • Aaron Hobart (1787-1858), American politician, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts
  • Garret Augustus Hobart (1884-1899), American politician, 24th Vice President of the United States (1897-1899) under President William McKinley
  • Donald Hobart, American business consultant
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Hobart Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Auctor pretiosa facit
Motto Translation: The Giver makes them valuable.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARION 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Marion.htm
  9. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 9th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Time and Truth 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/timeandtruth1854.shtml.

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