Hobeday History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hobeday family

The surname Hobeday 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 Hobeday family

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Hobeday 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. Hobeday has been recorded under many different variations, including Hobday, Hobdey, Hobaday, Hobeday, Obday, Obdey and many more.

Early Notables of the Hobeday family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hobeday family

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 Hobeday or a variant listed above: Edward Hobday settled in Virginia in 1721.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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