Hobdy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hobdy family

The surname Hobdy 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 Hobdy family

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

Hobdy Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hobdy has undergone many spelling variations, including Hobday, Hobdey, Hobaday, Hobeday, Obday, Obdey and many more.

Early Notables of the Hobdy family (pre 1700)

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United States Hobdy migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hobdy were among those contributors:

Hobdy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Hobdy, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [2]
Hobdy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Hobdy, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1777 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hobdy (post 1700) +

  • Bird E. Hobdy, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1932 [3]
  • Mrs. Bird E. Hobdy, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1916, 1928 (alternate) [3]
  • Hobdy G. Rains (b. 1912), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1952; Secretary of Alabama Democratic Party, 1967 [4]


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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