Show ContentsHusbands History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Husbands family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of migration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Husbands 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 Husbands family

The surname Husbands 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 Husbands family

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Husbands Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Husbands has been recorded under many different variations, including Husband, Husbands, Husbants, Husborne and others.

Early Notables of the Husbands family (pre 1700)

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United States Husbands migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Husbandss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Husbands Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Husbands, who landed in Maryland in 1658 [5]
  • William Husbands, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [5]
  • Edward Husbands, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [5]
Husbands Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tho Husbands, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [5]
  • Joseph Husbands, who settled in Georgia in 1738
  • John Stewart Husbands, who landed in Georgia in 1781 [5]
Husbands Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Dotten Husbands, who arrived in New York in 1819 [5]

West Indies Husbands 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. [6]
Husbands Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Evans Henry Husbands, who arrived in Barbados in 1781 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Husbands (post 1700) +

  • Thomas E. Husbands, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Dillon, South Carolina, 1899-1912 [7]
  • Phil Husbands, English neuroscientist
  • Michael Husbands (b. 1985), English professional footballer
  • Sir Christopher Roy Husbands, British Vice Chancellor for Sheffield Hallam University, was appointed a Knight Bachelor on 8th June 2018, for services to Higher Education [8]
  • Sir Clifford Straughn Husbands GCMG KStJ KA QC (1926-2017), Barbadian politician and jurist, Governor-General of Barbados (1966-2011)
  • Patrick Husbands (b. 1973), Canadian jockey, born in the Barbados

  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)
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from
  8. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, on Facebook