Hobkirk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Scottish name Hobkirk is a habitational name derived from a place called Hopekirk near Hawick in Roxburghshire. [1]

Early Origins of the Hobkirk family

The surname Hobkirk was first found in Roxburghshire at Hobkirk or Hoepkirk, a parish in the district of Jedburgh.

"On Bonchester Hill are considerable remains of ancient fortifications, of which some are square, and others of circular form, intersected also by lines of more modern construction. This hill, which is admirably adapted for the site of a camp, is supposed to have derived its name from its having been occupied by the Romans for that purpose. Querns, arrow heads, and various other relics of antiquity have been found here. On Rubberslaw and other heights are also traces of camps; and ashes and human bones, and urns, have been frequently discovered. Two cairns were lately removed, which are thought to have been raised over the remains of warriors slain in some battle that occurred near the spot. Mary, Queen of Scots, passed through this parish on her route from Jedburgh to Hermitage Castle, and, near its extremity, was obstructed by a bog, which has been ever since called the 'Queen's Mire.' " [2]

Early History of the Hobkirk family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hobkirk research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1574, 1690, 1689, 1690, 1679 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Hobkirk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hobkirk Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hobkirk, Habkirk, Hapkirk, Hopkirk and others.

Early Notables of the Hobkirk family (pre 1700)

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


United States Hobkirk migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hobkirk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Hobkirk, who settled in Jamaica in 1774

Australia Hobkirk migration to Australia +

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

Hobkirk Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Walter Hobkirk, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [3]
  • Elizabeth Hobkirk, aged 17, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hobkirk (post 1700) +

  • John Hammond Hobkirk, English student at the University of Oxford, Magdalen Hall who matriculated 1 June, 1864, aged 20
  • David Hobkirk, English poet and songwriter from Tyneside in the early to middle 19th century
  • Stuart Hobkirk, British artist
  • Alan A Hobkirk LLB, Canadian Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of British Columbia Law School
  • Alan Hobkirk (b. 1952), Canadian former field hockey player who participated at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, described as Canada's greatest goal scorer during the decade of the 1970s


The Hobkirk Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Spero procedere
Motto Translation: I hope to prosper.


  1. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.


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