Hosken History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Hosken are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the name Os, which is a short form for several personal names, including Osgod, Osbeorn, and Osmær. Os is supplemented by the common diminutive suffix -kin. While early records almost all include the "O" prefix, over the years this was dropped and now we typically find the name with an "H" prefix. One source notes that the name could have been derived from the Dutch personal name Huskens. [1]

Early Origins of the Hosken family

The surname Hosken was first found in London where researchers found the two earliest records of the family. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Osekin (without surname) and Robert Osekin. [2]

Important Dates for the Hosken family

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Hosken Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hosken family name include Hoskins, Hoskin, Hosken, Hoskyne, Hoskyns, Haskin, Haskins, Hasken, Haskyne and many more.

Early Notables of the Hosken family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Serjeant John Hoskins (1566-1638), who was an English poet, scholar of Greek, and politician; Jane Fenn Hoskens (1694-1764), English author and early immigrant to America; Sir Bennet Hoskyns, 1st Baronet (1609 - 1680) was an English politician, Member of Parliament for Wendover in...
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Hosken migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hosken surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Hosken Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Archil Hosken, aged 33, who landed in America from Cornwall, in 1899
  • E Jane Hosken, who immigrated to the United States from Cornwall, in 1899
Hosken Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elizabeth Hosken, aged 1, who immigrated to America from Cornwall, in 1903
  • George Hosken, aged 21, who landed in America from Cornwall, in 1906
  • George Hosken, aged 36, who settled in America from Cornwall, Eng, in 1907
  • Albert Ed. Hosken, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1907
  • George Hosken, aged 23, who landed in America from Tintagel, England, in 1908
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Hosken migration to Australia

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

Hosken Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Hosken, (b. 1821), aged 33, Cornish agricultural labourer departing from Plymouth in May1854 aboard the ship "Geelong" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 11th August 1854 [3]
  • Mrs. Ann Hosken, (b. 1828), aged 26, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth in May1854 aboard the ship "Geelong" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 11th August 1854 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Hosken, (b. 1825), aged 29, Cornish agricultural labourer departing from Plymouth in May1854 aboard the ship "Geelong" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 11th August 1854 [3]
  • Mrs. Maria Hosken, (b. 1823), aged 31, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth in May1854 aboard the ship "Geelong" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 11th August 1854 [3]
  • Mr. James Hosken, (b. 1863), aged 22, Cornish gardener travelling aboard the ship "SS Aberdeen" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 25th October 1885 [4]

Hosken 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:

Hosken Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Hester Hosken, (b. 1848), aged 19, Cornish domestic servant departing on 2nd April 1867 aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 29th July 1867 [5]
  • Miss Hester Hosken, (b. 1848), aged 19, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" sailing to Auckland and Lyttelton, New Zealand on 29th July 1867 [6]
  • Mr. George Hosken, (b. 1854), aged 20, Cornish carpenter departing on 3rd November 1874 aboard the ship "Lady Jocelyn" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 21st January 1875 [5]
  • Miss Jane Hosken, (b. 1863), aged 20, Cornish dairymaid departing on 25th October 1883 aboard the ship "Waitangi" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th January 1884 [5]
  • Miss Laura Hosken, (b. 1861), aged 22, Cornish dairymaid departing on 25th October 1883 aboard the ship "Waitangi" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th January 1884 [5]
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Citations

  1. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. 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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 19). Emigrants to Australia NSW 1860 -88 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/nsw_passenger_lists_1860_88.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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