Where did the English hobbs family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the hobbs family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. hobbs has been recorded under many different variations, including Hobbs, Hobs, Hobbes, Hobis, Hopp, Hoppe, Hopps and many more.
First found in Somerset where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name hobbs or a variant listed above: Thomas Hobbs settled in Virginia in 1635; Andrew Hobbs settled in the Barbados in 1654; Isaac and Hugh Hobbs settled in Virginia in 1654; Sarah Hobbs settled in New England in 1746.
Suggested Readings for the name hobbs
* Hobbs and Related Families by Ralph L. Hobbs.
* The Joel Hobbs Family by Ada Hobbs Linville.
Some noteworthy people of the name hobbs
* Sir John B. Hobbs, English cricketer.
* Harold Hobbs, Baptist Clergymen
* Herbert Hobbs, Diplomat
* Oliver Hobbs, company executive
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