Obday History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Obday family

The surname Obday was first found in Kent where the family name was first referenced in the year 1469 when William Hobday appeared on the tax rolls for that shire. The name literally means ‘Servant of Hobb’, ‘Hobb the servant.’ [1]

Early History of the Obday family

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Obday Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Obday have been found, including Hobday, Hobdey, Hobaday, Hobeday, Obday, Obdey and many more.

Early Notables of the Obday family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Obday family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Obday, or a variant listed above: Edward Hobday settled in Virginia in 1721.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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