Hobbess History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Hobbess are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name 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 Hobbess family

The surname Hobbess was first found in Huntingdonshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Important Dates for the Hobbess family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hobbess research. Another 34 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1770 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Hobbess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hobbess Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hobbess has been spelled many different ways, including Hobbins, Hobbin, Hobbis, Hobbiss, Hoben and others.

Early Notables of the Hobbess 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 Hobbess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hobbess family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hobbesss to arrive in North America: 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.

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