The name Hobben has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon
name that was originally 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 Hobben family
The surname Hobben was first found in Huntingdonshire, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Hobben family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hobben research.Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1770 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Hobben History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hobben 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 Hobben include Hobbins, Hobbin, Hobbis, Hobbiss, Hoben and others.
Early Notables of the Hobben 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 Hobben Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hobben family to the New World and Oceana
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:
Hobben Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Peter Hobben, who settled in Philadelphia in 1754