Hobgood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Hobgood surname is derived from the Old English "habban," meaning "god."
Early Origins of the Hobgood family
The surname Hobgood was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1280 when John Hauegod was on record in Somerset.
Important Dates for the Hobgood family
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Hobgood 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 Hobgood has appeared include Hapgood, Habgood, Havegood, Habbgood, Abgood and many more.
Early Notables of the Hobgood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hobgood 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 Hobgood arrived in North America very early: Shadrach Hapgood, who came to Massachusetts in 1656, aboard the "Speedwell"; Daniell Habgood, who came to Barbados sometime between 1682 and 1686.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hobgood (post 1700)
- Damien Hobgood (b. 1979), American professional surfer (twin brother of C.J.)
- Clifton James "C.J." Hobgood (b. 1979), American Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship surfer
- R. W. Hobgood, American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Granville County, 1885-86 
- Franklin P. Hobgood Jr. (b. 1872), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate, 1911-16 (21st District 1911-12, 20th District 1913-16) 
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html