Husban History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Husban is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. It is a name for a farmer. The name was originally derived from the Old English husband, which meant one who tills soil. The modern connotations of the word appeared much later. "A husband was the farmer of a husbandland of 26 acres." [1]

Early Origins of the Husban family

The surname Husban was first found in Yorkshire where Ernald, Robert Husebond was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1176 and later in Northumberland in 1231. Robert le Hosebonde was registered in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [2]

Walter le Husebond, Cambridgeshire was similarly registered in the Hundredorum Rolls. In Somerset, John Husebonde and William Husebond were both registered there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [3]

Further to the north in Scotland, "Alexander Husband was prepositus of Invemairn in 1291, and in 1295 he was one of those who attested to the valuation of Kylrauoc and Estirgedeys. Andrew Husband was a weaver in Perth in 1506." [4]

Early History of the Husban family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Husban research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1728, 1742, 1679, 1689, 1695 and 1562 are included under the topic Early Husban History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Husban Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Husband, Husbands, Husbants, Husborne and others.

Early Notables of the Husban family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Husban Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Husban migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Husban or a variant listed above were:

Husban Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Husban, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [5]


  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. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ 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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