Hosband is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is a name for a peasant farmer.
The name was originally derived from the Old English husband,
which meant one who tills soil.
The modern connotations of the word appeared much later.
Early Origins of the Hosband family
The surname Hosband was first found in Bedfordshire
(Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England
, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Mercia, where lands were granted to them by Duke William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Early History of the Hosband family
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Hosband Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Husband, Husbands, Husbants, Husborne and others.
Early Notables of the Hosband family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hosband family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hosband or a variant listed above: Thomas and Mary Husband, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Samuel Husbants, who settled in Barbados in 1675 with his wife and servants; Christopher Husband, who settled in Maryland in 1731.