The ancestors of the bearers of the Ohbay family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in the village of Hoby, a parish in Leicestershire
. The name could also be a baptismal name the son of Robert
from the nickname Hob.
Early Origins of the Ohbay family
The surname Ohbay was first found in Leicester, where evidence suggests they held a family seat
from before the Norman Conquest.
Early History of the Ohbay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ohbay research.Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1505, 1574, 1593, 1614, 1690, 1566, 1st , 1602, 1679, 1640 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Ohbay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ohbay Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ohbay include Hobby, Hoby, Hobi, Hobbie, Hobie, Hobbey, Hobey and others.
Early Notables of the Ohbay family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas P. Hoby, Ambassador to France in 1566 and who translated Castiglione's "The Courtier"; Sir Edward Hoby, his son, who was also a... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ohbay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ohbay family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ohbay or a variant listed above: John Hobby, who sailed to Massachusetts in 1637; Catherine Hobby to Virginia in 1714; John Hobby to Virginia in 1736; Mr. hobby to Newfoundland in 1814.