The surname of HUBBARD is of the baptismal group of surnames and is derived from the Old German HUGIBERT - meaning mind-bright. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. The name has many variant spellings and the Visitation of Essex in 1541, gives the surname of the family of Hobart indiscriminately as Huberd, Hobert, and Hubert. Memorials of a family of the name are to be found in Little Plumstead Church in County Norfolk. Early records of the name mention Eudo filius Huberti of the County of Hampshire, was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Thomas Huberd of the County of Dorset was documented in the year 1230, and Roger Hubard of the County of Somerset was recorded in 1327. Hubertus de Vall of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Later instances of the name mention Miles Hobart of London, who registered at Oxford University in the year 1615, and John Tonnstall and Jane Hubbard were married at St. Michael's, Cornhill, London in 1659. James Hobbard wed Amelia Graves at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1759. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
A notable member of the name was Pasha Hobart (properly August Charles Hobart-Hampden) who was born in 1822, the English naval commander and adventurer, third son of the Earl of Buckinghamshire, born in Leicestershire. He served in the Royal Navy from 1835 to 1863 during the American Civil War as 'Captain Roberts', repeatedly ran the blockade of the Southern ports, and afterwards became naval advisor to Turkey (1878). He wrote 'Never Caught' (1867) on his blockade-running exploits, and 'Sketches from My Life'. He died in 1886.
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