The rich and ancient history of the Hobbant family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It 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.
Early Origins of the Hobbant family
The surname Hobbant was first found in Huntingdonshire, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Hobbant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hobbant research.Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1770 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Hobbant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hobbant Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hobbant have been found, including Hobbins, Hobbin, Hobbis, Hobbiss, Hoben and others.
Early Notables of the Hobbant 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 Hobbant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hobbant family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Hobbant, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Thomas Hobin, who sailed to Barbados, Joane Hobbin, to Virginia in 1660; Peter Hobben to Philadelphia in 1754; Mary Hobbin to Boston in 1849; John Hobin to Philadelphia in 1859.