Husband History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Husband is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Husband family when they migrated with the great wave that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. Husband 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 Husband family

The surname Husband 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 Husband family

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Husband Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Husband include Husband, Husbands, Husbants, Husborne and others.

Early Notables of the Husband family (pre 1700)

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United States Husband migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Husbands to arrive on North American shores:

Husband Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas and Mary Husband, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Mary Husband, aged 20, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [5]
  • Tho Husband, who arrived in Virginia in 1649 [5]
  • William Husband, who arrived in Maryland in 1670 [5]
Husband Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Husband, who arrived in Antigua (Antego) in 1727 [5]
  • Christopher Husband, who settled in Maryland in 1731
Husband Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Blair Husband, who landed in New York in 1855 [5]
  • Alfred Husband, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States from Cornwall, in 1892
  • John Husband, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1895
Husband Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Carline Husband, aged 8, who landed in America from Lisvan Wales, in 1904
  • Dorothy Husband, aged 10, who landed in America from Tywardrath, England, in 1906
  • Henry Husband, aged 13, who settled in America from Tywardrath, England, in 1906
  • James Husband, aged 27, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1906
  • Kate C. Husband, who landed in America, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Husband migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Husband Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Aubrey Husband, aged 34, who settled in Belmont, Canada, in 1909

Australia Husband migration to Australia +

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

Husband Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Husband (b. 1781), aged 52, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 1st January 1833, sentenced for life for stealing sheep, transported aboard the ship "Neva" on 27th July 1833 to New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Tobias Husband, (b. 1827), aged 22, Cornish saddler from St. Austell, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "St Vincent" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th March 1849 [7]
  • Mr. Henry Husband, (b. 1824), aged 30, Cornish carpenter departing from Plymouth on 21st May 1854 aboard the ship "Nestor" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 16th September 1854 [8]
  • Mrs. Matilda Husband, (b. 1820), aged 34, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 21st May 1854 aboard the ship "Nestor" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 16th September 1854 [8]
  • Miss Matilda Husband, (b. 1852), aged 2, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 21st May 1854 aboard the ship "Nestor" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 16th September 1854 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Husband 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:

Husband Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth J. Husband, (b. 1834), aged 29, Cornish settler departing on 20th October 1863 aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [9]
  • Mr. John Thomas Husband, (b. 1862), aged 10 months, Cornish settler departing on 20th October 1863 aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [9]
  • Mr. George S. Husband, (b. 1837), aged 26, Cornish farm labourer departing on 20th October 1863 aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [9]
  • Mr. John Thomas Husband, (b. 1863), aged 10 months, Cornish settler from Cornwall travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864, listed as died on the passenger list, may have died on board [10]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth J. Husband, (b. 1834), aged 29, Cornish settler from Cornwall travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Husband (post 1700) +

  • Rick Douglas Husband (1957-2003), American crew commander of the Space Shuttle Columbia which broke up on re-entry [11]
  • Herman Husband (1724-1795), American farmer, radical, pamphleteer, and preacher
  • William C. Husband, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1912 (alternate), 1928, 1932 (alternate); Candidate for U.S. Representative from Montana 2nd District, 1938 [12]
  • Walter W. Husband, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Vermont, 1932 [12]
  • J. M. R. Husband, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 1912 [12]
  • E. E. Husband, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1912 [12]
  • David H. Husband, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Marlborough; Elected 1906 [12]
  • David Husband, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Texas, 1996 [12]
  • Charles J. Husband, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Los Angeles, California, 1941 [12]
  • Dame Janet Husband DBE, FRCR,, English Emeritus Professor of Radiology at the Institute of Cancer Research
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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)
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Rick Husband. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/husband.html
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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