Hobden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hobden family

The surname Hobden was first found in Kent where the family name was first referenced in the year 1469 when William Hobday appeared on the tax rolls for that shire. The name literally means ‘Servant of Hobb’, ‘Hobb the servant.’ [1]

Early History of the Hobden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hobden research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Hobden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hobden 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. Hobden has been spelled many different ways, including Hobday, Hobdey, Hobaday, Hobeday, Obday, Obdey and many more.

Early Notables of the Hobden family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Hobden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Hobden migration to the United States +

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 Hobdens to arrive in North America:

Hobden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abraham Hobden, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [2]

Australia Hobden migration to Australia +

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

Hobden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Hobden, (b. 1790), aged 40, English school teacher who was convicted in Sussex, England for life for embezzlement, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 20th August 1830, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1878 [3]

New Zealand Hobden 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:

Hobden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • David Hobden, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Emeline Hobden, aged 24, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Emeline Hobden, aged 10 mths., who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Hobden (post 1700) +

  • Matthew Edward "Matt" Hobden (1993-2016), English cricketer who played from 2012 to 2015

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde

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