Hubbard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Hubbard is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Hubbard is a name that comes from the Norman personal name Hildebert, which is composed of the Germanic elements "hild," which meant "battle" or "strife," and "berht," which meant "bright" or "famous." The Norman Conquerors imported a vast number of Norman French personal names into England, which largely replaced traditional Old English personal names among the upper and middle classes.

Early Origins of the Hubbard family

The surname Hubbard was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where the early Latin form of the name was found in Hampshire, Eudo filius Huberti. [1]

The family may have descended from Roger and/or Ralph Hubert, who were listed in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae (1180). [2]

Later on in London, as a forename, Hubert de Bissoppesgate was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1292. Thomas Huberd (Hubert) was found in Dorset in the Pipe Rolls of 1230, William Hoberd was in the Feet of Fines for Suffolk in 1292 and Roger Hubard was in the Subsidy Rolls for Somerset in 1327. [3]

Osbert Houbard was also listed in Somerset, Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [4]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 recorded Petrus Hubard; Alicia Hubard; and Isabella Hoberd as all holding lands there at that time. [5]

"Hubbard is a characteristic Norfolk name. The early form of the name in this and the neighbouring counties, both in Domesday times and in the centuries immediately following, was Hubert, occasionally written Huberd; and we find that Robert Hubert or Hoberd was rector of Seaming at the close of the 14th century. Thence, the transition to Hubberd, and on to Hubbard is an easy one. " [6]

The English nursery rhyme "Old Mother Hubbard" is generally attributed to Sarah Catherine Martin (1768-1826), who lived in Yealmpton, Devon and was first published under the title "The Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and her Dog."

Early History of the Hubbard family

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Hubbard 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 Hubert, Hubbert, Hubbard and others.

Early Notables of the Hubbard family (pre 1700)

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Hubbard World Ranking

In the United States, the name Hubbard is the 341st most popular surname with an estimated 79,584 people with that name. [7] However, in New Zealand, the name Hubbard is ranked the 890th most popular surname with an estimated 824 people with that name. [8] And in the United Kingdom, the name Hubbard is the 669th popular surname with an estimated 9,856 people with that name. [9]

Ireland Migration of the Hubbard family to Ireland

Some of the Hubbard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hubbard 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 Hubbard or a variant listed above:

Hubbard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Hubbard, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1630 [10]
  • Edmund Hubbard, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1633 [10]
  • Benjamin Hubbard, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1634 [10]
  • Jo Hubbard, aged 10, who arrived in New England in 1635 [10]
  • Mr. Thomas Hubbard, (b. 1625), aged 10, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Elizabeth and Anne" arriving in Massachusetts Bay (Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire) in 1635 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hubbard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Hubbard, who settled in New York (where he registered his personal coat of arms) in 1710 from Durham, England
  • Renee Hubbard, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [10]
  • Nathaniel Hubbard, who settled in Massachusetts (where he registered his Arms) in 1736 from Essex
  • Ephraim Hubbard, who arrived in Maryland in 1740 [10]
  • Nicholas Hubbard, who landed in New York in 1796 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hubbard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Beevis Hubbard, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1812 [10]
  • Edward Hubbard, who landed in New York in 1831 [10]
  • Samuel Hubbard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [10]
  • Isaiah Hubbard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [10]
  • S Hubbard, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860 [10]

Canada Hubbard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hubbard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Isaac Hubbard U.E. who settled in Burton, Sunbury County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was a Magistrate in Sundbury County [12]
  • Mr. Nathaniel Hubbard U.E. who settled in Burton, Sunbury County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was a Magistrate in Sundbury County [12]
  • Mr. William Hubbard U.E. who settled in Sunbury County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was a Chief Justice for Court of Common Pleas [12]
Hubbard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Spotswood Hubbard, who landed in Canada in 1841

Australia Hubbard migration to Australia +

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

Hubbard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Hubbard, (b. 1799), aged 20, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life for pick pocketing, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1852 [13]
  • William Hubbard, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [14]
  • Mr. John Hubbard, British Convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for life , transported aboard the "Commodore Hayes" in April 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [15]
  • George Hubbard, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [16]
  • Mr. Benjamin Hubbard, English convict who was convicted in Coventry, England for life, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 6th April 1824, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [17]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hubbard 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:

Hubbard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Hubbard, (b. 1805), aged 36, British agricultural labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 24th May 1841 [18]
  • Henry Hubbard, aged 34, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Mary Hubbard, aged 28, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Mr. William Hubbard, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Nourmahal" arriving in Dunedin, Otaga, South Island, New Zealand on 5th May 1858 [18]
  • Mr. Charles Hubbard, Australian settler travelling from Melbourne, Victoria aboard the ship "Dunedin" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 12th March 1860 [18]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Hubbard migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [19]
  • Mr. Thomas Hubbard, (b. 1550), aged 84, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 [10]
Hubbard Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. James Hubbard, (b. 1608), aged 27, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Matthew" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [20]
  • Mr. Richard Hubbard, (b. 1617), aged 18, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Matthew" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [20]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hubbard (post 1700) +

  • Lafayette "L." Ron Hubbard (1911-1986), American science fiction writer from Tilden, Nebraska, known for his book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, founder of the Church of Scientology
  • Carroll Hubbard Jr. (1937-2022), American politician and attorney, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky (1975-1993), Member of the Kentucky Senate (1968-1975)
  • Leonard Nelson Hubbard (1959-2021), also known simply as Hub, an American musician, best known for being the bass guitarist for The Roots from 1992 to 2007
  • Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard (1802-1886), American fur trader, insurance underwriter and land speculator from Chicago
  • Henry Guernsey Hubbard (1850-1899), American horticulturist, botanist, and entomologist
  • Ruth Hubbard (1924-2016), Austrian-born, American professor of biology at Harvard University
  • Marvin "Marvelous Marv" Hubbard (1946-2015), American college and professional American football player, inducted into the Colgate University Athletic Hall of Honor in 1995
  • Arthur J. Hubbard Sr. (1912-2014), American state senator from Arizona who served as a Navajo Code Talker instructor in WWII
  • Charles Hubbard, American Olympic sliver medalist for archery at the 1904 games
  • Frank Twombly Hubbard (1920-1976), American harpsichord maker
  • ... (Another 162 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Cornwall
  • Harry Hubbard (d. 1942), British Petty Officer Telegraphist aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [21]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Frederick Cole Amos Hubbard, English 2nd Class passenger from Enfield, Middlesex, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking [22]
  • Mr. Elbert Green Hubbard, American 1st Class Passenger from East Aurora, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking [22]
  • Mrs. Alice Hubbard, American 1st Class Passenger from East Aurora, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking [22]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Haywood Hubbard Jr., American Mess Attendant Second Class from Virginia, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [23]


Suggested Readings for the name Hubbard +

  • The Genealogy of the Hubbard and Bogel Families of Presidio County, Texas: Their Ancestors and Descendants, 1660-1989 by Harry J. Hubbard Jr..
  • McBride, Hubbard Family History, 1773-1979 by Peggy Arnold.

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  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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  11. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 24th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  12. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  13. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  14. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  15. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 4th March 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/commodore-hayes)
  16. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  17. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 26th January 2021, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/chapman)
  18. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  19. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  20. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 4th 2021, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  21. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  22. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  23. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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