Hoskyns History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hoskyns is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came 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 Hoskyns family

The surname Hoskyns 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 Hoskyns family

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Hoskyns Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hoskyns have been found, including Hoskins, Hoskin, Hosken, Hoskyne, Hoskyns, Haskin, Haskins, Hasken, Haskyne and many more.

Early Notables of the Hoskyns 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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United States Hoskyns migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Hoskyns, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Hoskyns Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Barthol Hoskyns, aged 34, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • Mr. Bartholomew Hoskyns, (b. 1601), aged 34, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Safety" arriving in Virginia in 1635 [7]
  • Edward Hoskyns, who settled in Virginia in 1675

Contemporary Notables of the name Hoskyns (post 1700) +

  • Sir Benedict Leigh Hoskyns (1928-2010), 16th Baronet of Harewood, English peer
  • Sir Edwyn Wren Hoskyns (1956-2015), 17th Baronet of Harewood, English peer
  • Sir Robin Chevallier Hoskyns (b. 1989), 18th Baronet of Harewood, English peer
  • Sir Chandos Wren Hoskyns (1923-1945), 14th Baronet of Harewood, English peer
  • Sir Edwyn Clement Hoskyns (1884-1937), 13th Baronet of Harewood, English peer
  • Sir Edwyn Hoskyns (1851-1925), 12th Baronet, English peer
  • Sir Leigh Hoskyns (1850-1923), 11th Baronet of Harewood, English peer
  • Sir John Chevallier Hoskyns (1926-1956), 15th Baronet of Harewood, English peer
  • Sir Chandos Hoskyns (1848-1914), 10th Baronet of Harewood, English peer
  • Sir John Leigh Hoskyns (1817-1911), 9th Baronet of Harewood, English peer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Hoskyns 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. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 5th 2021, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)


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