The ancestry of the name Hobbay dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Hoby, a parish in Leicestershire
. The name could also be a baptismal name the son of Robert
from the nickname Hob.
Early Origins of the Hobbay family
The surname Hobbay was first found in Leicester, where evidence suggests they held a family seat
from before the Norman Conquest.
Early History of the Hobbay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hobbay research.Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1505, 1574, 1593, 1614, 1690, 1566, 1st , 1602, 1679, 1640 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Hobbay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hobbay 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 Hobbay have been found, including Hobby, Hoby, Hobi, Hobbie, Hobie, Hobbey, Hobey and others.
Early Notables of the Hobbay family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas P. Hoby, Ambassador to France in 1566 and who translated Castiglione's "The Courtier"; Sir Edward Hoby, his son, who was also a... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hobbay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hobbay 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. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hobbay, or a variant listed above: John Hobby, who sailed to Massachusetts in 1637; Catherine Hobby to Virginia in 1714; John Hobby to Virginia in 1736; Mr. hobby to Newfoundland in 1814.