Homann History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The founding heritage of the Homann family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Homann comes from when one of the family worked as 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 Homann family

The surname Homann 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 Homann family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Homann 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 Homann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Homann Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Homann has been spelled many different ways, including Homan, Homans, Howman, Hoeman, Hownam and others.

Early Notables of the Homann 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 Homann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Homann family to Ireland

Some of the Homann 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 Homann migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Homanns to arrive in North America:

Homann Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Gottfried Homann, who arrived in America in 1783 [3]
Homann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joh Homann, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [3]
  • M Elis Homann, who landed in America in 1840 [3]
  • Auguste Homann, aged 24, who landed in Missouri in 1845 [3]
  • Albert Homann, who landed in America in 1846 [3]
  • A Cath Homann, who arrived in America in 1847 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Homann Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anton Homann, who arrived in Arkansas in 1905 [3]

Canada Homann migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Homann Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ludwig Homann, who landed in Quebec in 1850

Contemporary Notables of the name Homann (post 1700) +

  • Theodor Homann (1948-2010), German footballer, coach and businessman
  • Peter David Homann OAM (b. 1960), Australian three-time gold and silver medalist Paralympic cyclist at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Paralympic Games

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Alfred J. Homann, American Lieutenant working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [4]


The Homann 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. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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