Hoborn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hoborn family

The surname Hoborn was first found in Greater London at Holborn. [1] [2] This place dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Holeburne. [3]

It literally means "hollow stream," "stream in a hollow," from the Old English "hol" + "burna." [4] [5]

Bald de Holeborn was the first listing of the family here in the Pipe Rolls of 1193. The Feet of Fines for Surrey listed John de Holeburne 1296-1297 and Stephen de Holbourne was found in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1364. [6]

Early History of the Hoborn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoborn research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1644, 1597, 1647, 1615 and 1643 are included under the topic Early Hoborn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hoborn Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Holborn, Holbourne, Holborne, Hoborn, Hobourne, Hoborne, Holburne and many more.

Early Notables of the Hoborn family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Anthony Holborne (fl. 1597), was an English musical composer, possibly a member of Queen Elizabeth's Chapel Royal. He published two volumes which in total had 97 pieces. [7] Sir Robert Holborne (d. 1647), was an English lawyer, the son of Nicholas Holborne of Chichester. "He was trained for the law, as the custom then was, at Furnival's Inn...
Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoborn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hoborn family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Hoborn name or one of its variants: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  6. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  7. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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