Hoskings History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Hoskings comes 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 Hoskings family

The surname Hoskings was first found in Lancashire at Heskin, a township, in the parish of Eccleston, union of Chorley, hundred of Leyland. "Heskin being a joint manor with Eccleston, descended with it from the Gernets and Dacres to the family of Molyneux, of Sefton." [2]

Early London rolls included the two earliest records of the family. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1274 listed Osekin (without surname) and Robert Osekin. [3] [4]

Peter Osekyn was listed in the Feet of Fines of 1306 in Essex, and later Thomas Hoskyns was listed in Berkshire in 1463. [4]

Early History of the Hoskings family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoskings research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1566, 1638, 1694, 1764, 1676, 1609, 1680, 1640, 1654, 1646, 1648, 1634, 1705, 1682, 1683, 1675, 1711, 1677, 1767, 1717, 1722 and 1566 are included under the topic Early Hoskings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hoskings Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hoskings has appeared include Hoskins, Hoskin, Hosken, Hoskyne, Hoskyns, Haskin, Haskins, Hasken, Haskyne and many more.

Early Notables of the Hoskings family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Serjeant John Hoskins (1566-1638), an English poet, scholar of Greek, and politician. He was born at Monton or Monkton, now known as Monnington-upon-Wye, in the parish of Llanwarne, Herefordshire, an estate of which his family had long possessed the leasehold interest and was the son of John Hoskins. [5] Jane Fenn Hoskens (1694-1764), was an English author and early immigrant to America. The Hoskyns of Harewood in the County of Hereford, is a title in the Baronetage of England. It was created on 18 December 1676 for Bennet Hoskyns, Member of Parliament for Wendover, Hereford...
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Australia Hoskings migration to Australia +

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

Hoskings Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Christopher Hoskings, (b. 1827), aged 22, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 24th November 1848 travelling aboard the ship "Osprey" arriving in Port Henry, Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 2nd March 1849 [6]
  • Mrs. Thomasine Hoskings, (b. 1823), aged 26, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 24th November 1848 travelling aboard the ship "Osprey" arriving in Port Henry, Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 2nd March 1849 [6]
  • Mr. William Hoskings, (b. 1844), aged 13, Cornish labourer departing from Liverpool on 22nd August 1857 aboard the ship "Ebba Brahe" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 8th December 1857 [7]

New Zealand Hoskings 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:

Hoskings Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Hoskings, (b. 1851), aged 25, Cornish settler departing on 13th July 1876 aboard the ship "Orari" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 2nd November 1876 [8]
  • Mr. Samuel Hoskings, (b. 1852), aged 24, Cornish farm labourer departing on 13th July 1876 aboard the ship "Orari" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 2nd November 1876 [8]
  • Miss Ada Hoskings, (b. 1860), aged 22, Cornish domestic servant departing on 20th April 1882 aboard the ship "Timaru" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 4th July 1882 [9]
  • Miss Alice Hoskings, (b. 1862), aged 20, Cornish domestic servant departing on 20th April 1882 aboard the ship "Timaru" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 4th July 1882 [9]


The Hoskings 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: Finem respice
Motto Translation: Consider the end


  1. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Auckland 1872-80 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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