Homan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Homan name was originally an Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who worked as a servant for Hugh.

"The forms would suggest ‘servant of Hugh’ and the surname may sometimes have this meaning, but such a combination as a personal name is rare or unique. In late Old English times names in -mann were popular and new combinations were formed." [1]

Early Origins of the Homan family

The surname Homan was first found in Huntingdonshire, where there were two records for the family found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Gilbert Houman; and Henry Houman. [2]

Matill filia Hiweman was found in Wiltshire c. 1248 and Hugeman de Assinton was listed in Suffolk in the 13th century. In Huntingdonshire, Willelmus filius Howman was registered there in the Hundredorum Rolls and later, William Hiweman was found in Wiltshire c. 1248. Humphrey Huueman was found in Suffolk in 1277. [1]

Early History of the Homan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Homan research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1653, 1518, 1585, 1664, 1724 and 1777 are included under the topic Early Homan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Homan Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Homan has undergone many spelling variations, including Homan, Homans, Howman, Hoeman, Hownam and others.

Early Notables of the Homan family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Howman (1518?-1585) of Feckenham, Worcestershire, the last abbot of Westminster. He "was the son of poor peasants named Howman. The parish priest early discovered his abilities, and through the influence of...
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Homan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Homan family to Ireland

Some of the Homan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Homan migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Homan were among those contributors:

Homan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anders Andersson Homan, who arrived in Delaware in 1643 [3]
  • Harbert Homan, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [3]
  • John Homan, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [3]
  • Anders Homan, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1693 [3]
Homan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christoph Homan, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1747 [3]
  • Michael Homan, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [3]
  • Mr. Homan to Boston in 1765
Homan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Homan, aged 46, who landed in Georgia in 1812 [3]
  • Philip Homan to New Orleans in 1822
  • Patrick Homan to Philadelphia in 1848

Canada Homan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Homan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Mary Homan who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Corea" departing 2nd July 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 14th August 1847 but she died on board [4]

Australia Homan migration to Australia +

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

Homan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • J. Homan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elizabeth" in 1849 [5]
  • Miss. Elizabeth Homan, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baretto Junior" on 5th April 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [6]

New Zealand Homan migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Homan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Homan, aged 45, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Mary Homan, aged 43, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • John Homan, aged 20, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Thomas Homan, aged 18, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Richard Homan, aged 16, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Homan (post 1700) +

  • Dennis Frank Homan (b. 1946), American former American NFL football wide receiver
  • Charles Inskeep Homan, American professional engineer
  • Sir William Jackson Homan (1771-1852), 1st Baronet, was an Irish baronet
  • Korie Homan (b. 1986), Dutch gold medalist wheelchair tennis player, former world number one
  • Rachel Catherine Homan (b. 1989), Canadian curler, former Canadian Junior Champion, skip of the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts championship team
  • Rear Admiral Thomas B Homan, British Director General of Naval Personal Services
  • Philip JL Homan, British Director of the Metrication Board
  • William Homan Thorpe FRS (1902-1986), British zoologist, Professor of Animal Ethology at the University of Cambridge
  • Howard Homan Buffett (1903-1964), American businessman and politician, who was a four-term U.S. Congressman, father of Warren Buffett
  • Joseph Homan Manley (1842-1905), American Republican politician, postmaster at Augusta, Maine, 1881-85, 1889-92; Member of Republican National Committee from Maine, 1896 [7]


The Homan 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: Labile quod opportunum
Motto Translation: That which is opportune is quickly gone, or opportunity soon slips by.


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 80)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZABETH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elizabeth.htm
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baretto-junior
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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