Hubbs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hubbs is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the son of Robert. [1] [2]

"Hob, patronymic Hobbs and Hobson. Naturally these surnames have left many descendants. Owing to its popularity Hob became the everyday term for a country clown." [3]

Early Origins of the Hubbs family

The surname Hubbs was first found in Shropshire where the name first entry was as a forename as in Hobbe Litel, who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1176. A few years later, Hobb(e) (with no forename) was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for Northumberland in 1198, the Pipe Rolls for Yorkshire and the Curia Regis Rolls for Worcester in 1205. These entries may be of the same person, but that is doubtful. Moving on, Osbert, Ralph Hobbe was found in the Pipe Rolls for Rutland in 1204, and again in the Pipe Rolls for Warwickshire in 1230. Isabella Hobbes was in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcester in 1327. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Agnes Hobbis, Huntingdonshire; and John Hobbe, Oxfordshire. [3]

In Somerset, John Hobbes and William Hobbeson, were both listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign). [5]

Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Willelmus Hobbes; Petrus Hobbeson; Willelmus Hobbeson; and Robertus Hobson. [3]

Early History of the Hubbs family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hubbs research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1569, 1538, 1529, 1529, 1532, 1588, 1679 and 1588 are included under the topic Early Hubbs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hubbs Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hubbs has been recorded under many different variations, including Hobbs, Hobs, Hobbes, Hobis, Hopp, Hoppe, Hopps and many more.

Early Notables of the Hubbs family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Robert Hobbes (d. 1538), the last abbot of the Cistercian abbey of Woburn in Bedfordshire, held the office in 1529. "Hobbes was summoned to convocation in November 1529, and in the following January received a license to hold two annual fairs in the town of Woburn. In 1532 he, with four other abbots, was commissioned by the king to hold a visitation of the whole Cistercian order, in place of the abbot of Chailly, who had been charged to undertake this duty by the head visitor and reformator of the order." [6] Thomas Hobbs (also spelled...
Another 111 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hubbs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hubbs migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hubbs or a variant listed above:

Hubbs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Hubbs, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1812 [7]

Canada Hubbs migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hubbs Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Adam Hubbs, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Amos Hubbs, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Haviland Hubbs, who landed in Canada in 1830

Contemporary Notables of the name Hubbs (post 1700) +

  • Irving G. Hubbs (1870-1952), American lawyer and politician, justice of the New York Supreme Court
  • Daniel William Hubbs (b. 1971), American head coach for the USC Trojans baseball team
  • Orlando Hubbs (1840-1930), American carriage builder, ship's joiner and politician, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina (1881 to 1883)
  • Kenneth Douglass Hubbs (1941-1964), American Major League Baseball second baseman who played for the Chicago Cubs from 1961 to 1963, the first rookie to win a Gold Glove Award in 1962
  • Carl Leavitt Hubbs (1894-1979), American ichthyologist, Assistant Curator of fish, amphibians and reptiles at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago (1917-1920), eponym of Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute and Hubbs' beaked whale
  • John Hubbs (1874-1952), Canadian owner of John Hubbs Canning Company and Member of Parliament for Prince Edward (1921-1925)


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. 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. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. ^ 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)


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