Hobban is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
name that is derived 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.
Early Origins of the Hobban family
The surname Hobban was first found in Huntingdonshire, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Hobban family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hobban research.Another 34 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1770 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Hobban History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hobban Spelling Variations
Hobban has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Hobban have been found, including Hobbins, Hobbin, Hobbis, Hobbiss, Hoben and others.
Early Notables of the Hobban family (pre 1700)
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 Hobban Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hobban family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hobban Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- John Hobban, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750