Hobbis is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname that came 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 Hobbis family
The surname Hobbis was first found in Huntingdonshire, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Hobbis family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hobbis research.Another 34 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1770 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Hobbis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hobbis Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hobbis has been recorded under many different variations, including Hobbins, Hobbin, Hobbis, Hobbiss, Hoben and others.
Early Notables of the Hobbis 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 Hobbis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hobbis family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hobbis or a variant listed above: 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.