Hoskinson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Hoskinson name began with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name 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 Hoskinson family

The surname Hoskinson 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 Hoskinson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoskinson 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, 1566 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Hoskinson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hoskinson 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 Hoskinson family name include Hoskins, Hoskin, Hosken, Hoskyne, Hoskyns, Haskin, Haskins, Hasken, Haskyne and many more.

Early Notables of the Hoskinson 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), 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 and Herefordshire. He was the son of the poet, lawyer and politician Serjeant John Hoskins. [q. v.] This baronetcy includes in part: Sir...
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United States Hoskinson 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 Hoskinson surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Hoskinson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John F. Hoskinson, who arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Panama" from Colon [5]
  • Herbert Hoskinson, aged 56, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Morro Castle" from Havana, Cuba [6]
  • Reginald Hoskinson, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Santa Marta" from Kingston, Jamaica [7]
  • Crampton Hoskinson, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Orduna" from Bermuda [8]

Australia Hoskinson migration to Australia +

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

Hoskinson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ann Hoskinson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hoskinson (post 1700) +

  • Jim Hoskinson, American Academy Award nominated comedy director, best known for his work at Comedy Central's The Colbert Report
  • Nadine Hoskinson (d. 2010), English writer of over 40 romance novels with Mills & Boon from 1982 to 1998, known by her pen name Elizabeth Oldfield


The Hoskinson 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. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFZJ-Y3B : 6 December 2014), John F. Hoskinson, 22 Jun 1906; citing departure port Colon, arrival port New York, ship name Panama, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6FL-H66 : 6 December 2014), Herbert Hoskinson, 10 Feb 1920; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Morro Castle, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J62S-RWL : 6 December 2014), Reginald Hoskinson, 10 Feb 1921; citing departure port Kingston, Jamaica, arrival port New York, ship name Santa Marta, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNCW-JP8 : 6 December 2014), Crampton Hoskinson, 21 Apr 1924; citing departure port Bermuda, arrival port New York, ship name Orduna, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm


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