Husbands 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 peasant 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.

Early Origins of the Husbands family

The surname Husbands was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where lands were granted to them by Duke William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Important Dates for the Husbands family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Husbands research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1206 and 1562 are included under the topic Early Husbands History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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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 [1]
  • William Husbands, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [1]
  • Edward Husbands, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [1]
Husbands Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tho Husbands, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • Joseph Husbands, who settled in Georgia in 1738
  • Evans Henry Husbands, who arrived in Barbados in 1781 [1]
  • John Stewart Husbands, who landed in Georgia in 1781 [1]
Husbands Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Dotten Husbands, who arrived in New York in 1819 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Husbands (post 1700)

  • Thomas E. Husbands, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Dillon, South Carolina, 1899-1912 [2]
  • 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 [3]
  • 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

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018,
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