Hobbs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hobbs family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the son of Robert. [1] [2]

"Hob, patronymic Hobbs and Hobson. Naturally these surnames have left many descendants. Owing to its popularity Hob became the everyday term for a country clown." [3]

Early Origins of the Hobbs family

The surname Hobbs was first found in Shropshire where the name first entry was as a forename as in Hobbe Litel, who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1176. A few years later, Hobb(e) (with no forename) was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for Northumberland in 1198, the Pipe Rolls for Yorkshire and the Curia Regis Rolls for Worcester in 1205. These entries may be of the same person, but that is doubtful. Moving on, Osbert, Ralph Hobbe was found in the Pipe Rolls for Rutland in 1204, and again in the Pipe Rolls for Warwickshire in 1230. Isabella Hobbes was in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcester in 1327. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Agnes Hobbis, Huntingdonshire; and John Hobbe, Oxfordshire. [3]

In Somerset, John Hobbes and William Hobbeson, were both listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign). [5]

Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Willelmus Hobbes; Petrus Hobbeson; Willelmus Hobbeson; and Robertus Hobson. [3]

Early History of the Hobbs family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hobbs research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1569, 1538, 1529, 1529, 1532, 1588, 1679 and 1588 are included under the topic Early Hobbs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hobbs Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hobbs include Hobbs, Hobs, Hobbes, Hobis, Hopp, Hoppe, Hopps and many more.

Early Notables of the Hobbs family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Robert Hobbes (d. 1538), the last abbot of the Cistercian abbey of Woburn in Bedfordshire, held the office in 1529. "Hobbes was summoned to convocation in November 1529, and in the following January received a license to hold two annual fairs in the town of Woburn. In 1532 he, with four other abbots, was commissioned by the king to hold a visitation of the whole Cistercian order, in place of the abbot of Chailly, who had been charged to undertake this duty by the head visitor and reformator of the order." [6] Thomas Hobbs (also spelled...
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United States Hobbs migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hobbs were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Hobbs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Hobbs, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Hobbs, who settled in Providence in 1635
  • Jone Hobbs, who landed in Virginia in 1643 [7]
  • Isaac Hobbs, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [7]
  • Christopher Hobbs, who arrived in New England in 1652 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hobbs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Hobbs, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [7]
  • Steph Hobbs, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [7]
  • Margaret Hobbs, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 [7]
  • Sarah Hobbs, who settled in New England in 1746
  • Benjamin Hobbs, who landed in America in 1764 [7]
Hobbs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Hobbs, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [7]
  • William Hobbs, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [7]
  • Samuel M Hobbs, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [7]
  • Sarah Hobbs, aged 56, who landed in New York in 1862 [7]

Canada Hobbs migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hobbs Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ann Hobbs, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Hobbs Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Hobbs, aged 5 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Rose" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In June 1847 [8]
  • Ms. Margaret Hobbs, aged 29, a Nurse at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec but died there on 15th August 1847 during the typhus epidemic [9]

Australia Hobbs migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hobbs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Hobbs, a tailor, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. John Hobbs, English convict who was convicted in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 9th May 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [10]
  • Job Hobbs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1847 [11]
  • Thomas Hobbs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849 [12]
  • William Hobbs, aged 23, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant" [13]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hobbs migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hobbs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Hobbs, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Hobbs, who landed in Hokianga, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Hobbs, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Birman
  • Charles Hobbs, aged 30, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Sarah Hobbs, aged 31, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hobbs (post 1700) +

  • Truman McGill Hobbs Sr. (1921-2015), American jurist, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama (1991-2015)
  • Frederick H. Hobbs (1934-2005), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania Senate (1967-1976)
  • Cathy Hobbs, American television host, interior designer and lifestyle exper
  • Becky Hobbs (b. 1950), American country music singer, songwriter and pianist
  • Alfred Charles Hobbs (1812-1891), American locksmith,the first person to pick Bramah's lock and the Chubb detector lock at the Great Exhibition of 1851
  • Albert Hobbs (1822-1897), American lawyer and politician, New York State Assemblyman in 1856
  • Major-General Leland Stanford Hobbs (1892-1966), American Deputy Commanding General 1st Army (1951-1953) [14]
  • Ellis Hobbs III (b. 1983), former American NFL football cornerback
  • Horton Holcombe Hobbs Jr. (1914-1994), American taxonomist and carcinologist
  • B. J. Hobbs, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1912 [15]
  • ... (Another 58 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Kevin S Hobbs (1965-1985), American Private 1st Class from Flagstaff, Arizona, USA who died in the crash [16]
  • Mr. Donald Ernest Hobbs (b. 1960), American Specialist 4th Class from Palm Harbour, Florida, USA who died in the crash [16]
Empress of Ireland
  • Miss Louisa Hobbs (1890-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Brantford, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mrs. Mary Hobbs (1851-1914), née Evans Canadian Third Class Passenger from Brantford, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [17]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. George James Hobbs (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Noble Park, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [18]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Robert Hobbs (b. 1919), English Engine Room Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Guildford, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Frederick J Hobbs (b. 1895), English Chief Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Mitcham, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [19]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Frederick D Hobbs, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [20]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Leslie H Hobbs, British Chief Engine Room Artificer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [21]
  • Mr. Thomas E Hobbs, British Petty Officer Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [21]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Frederick J.C. Hobbs, British Chief Stoker with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [22]


Suggested Readings for the name Hobbs +

  • 628 "Hobbs and Related Families" by Ralph L. Hobbs, "The Joel Hobbs Family" by Ada Hobbs Linville.

  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 34)
  9. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 61)
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHOEBE 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Phoebe.htm
  12. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  13. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Ascendant.htm
  14. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Leland Hobbs. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Hobbs/Leland_Stanford/USA.html
  15. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  16. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  17. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  18. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  19. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  20. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  21. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  22. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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