Show ContentsHoste History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Hoste is one of the many surnames that first came to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is derived from the Old French word "oste" or "hoste," meaning "host," and was most likely first borne by an inn-keeper. 1

Early Origins of the Hoste family

The surname Hoste was first found in Somerset where the earliest recorded bearer of the name was Elias le Host, who was listed in the 1254 Assize Rolls of Somerset. Later, he was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls for Cambridgeshire in 1279. In Yorkshire, Richard le Ost, Lost was listed in the 13th century. 2

Early History of the Hoste family

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Hoste 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 Host, Hoste, Ost, Hust and others.

Early Notables of the Hoste family

Notable amongst the family at this time was

  • Sir William Hoste (1780-1828), a prominent English naval commander known as "the hero of Lord Nelson's Navy...

United States Hoste migration to the United States +

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 Hoste or a variant listed above:

Hoste Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Dort Hoste, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Hoste (post 1700) +

  • Sir William Hoste (1780-1828), British captain in the navy, descended from an inhabitant of Bruges, who sought a refuge in England in the sixteenth century, second son of Dixon Hoste, rector of Godwick and Tittleshall in Norfolk 4

  1. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. 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)
  4. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 7 August 2020 on Facebook