Hobeard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Hobeard originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Hubert. [1] As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

However, another source claims the name could have been a nickname " from the small Falcon or Hawk so called (Old French hobert, a hobby, hawk.) " [2]

Early Origins of the Hobeard family

The surname Hobeard was first found in Norfolk as "Hubbard is a characteristic Norfolk name. The early form of the name in this and the neighbouring counties, both in Domesday times and in the centuries immediately following, was Hubert, occasionally written Huberd; and we find that Robert Hubert or Hoberd was rector of Seaming at the close of the 14th century." [3]

Over in Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Petrus Hubard; Alicia Hubard; Isabella Hoberd; and William Hoberd as all residing there at that time.

"The Visitation of Essex (1541) gives the surname of the family of Huberd indiscriminately as Huberd, Hobert, Hubert, and Hobart. Memorials of a family spelt indifferently Hubbard or Hobart are (or were) to be found in Little Plumstead Church, Norfolk." [1]

Some of the family did migrate to Scotland, but much later on and in small numbers: "Patrick Hobart, was burgess of Dundee in 1649." [4]

Important Dates for the Hobeard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hobeard research. Another 174 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1611, 1560, 1625, 1588, 1560, 1625, 1593, 1647, 1621, 1624, 1625, 1626, 1628, 1683, 1667, 1654, 1656, 1657, 1698, 1695, 1756, 1746 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Hobeard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hobeard Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hobeard has appeared include Hobart, Habart, Habbard, Hobert and others.

Early Notables of the Hobeard family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir James Hobart of Monks Eleigh, Suffolk, Attorney General during the reign of King Henry VII; Sir Henry Hobart, 1st Baronet SL (c. 1560-1625), of Blickling Hall, an English judge and politician; Sir John Hobart, 2nd Baronet (1593-1647), an English politician, Member of Parliament for...
Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hobeard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hobeard family to Ireland

Some of the Hobeard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hobeard family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hobeard arrived in North America very early: Edmund Hobart settled in Charleston in 1630; Joshua, Jeremiah, Peter, Sarah, and Thomas Hobart settled in Boston in 1635.

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
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