"People will not look forward to posterity, who never looked backward to their ancestors" Edmund Burke [1729-97]
"Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold." - Andre Maurois
saw behind me those who had gone, and before me those who are to
The surname HOBBS has a long history.
The very oldest is from the Saxon term for the Celtic High Priests who presided at Religious Ceremonies. The Saxons called them HOBS which is their term for a Nature Spirit. These same priests were also called Wizards and Witches because they were the Wise Men and Women of the Community. They were the most powerful people in the entire United Kingdom and literally had the power of life and death. They were higher than a King, in terms of status. However because of the ferocious persecution that continued throughout the Middle Ages, their practice of Witchcraft went underground and they stopped keeping written records. However the fact that the family survives at all shows that they succeeded in surviving. This is where my family descends from. The holder of the position of High Priest and/or Priestess was known as a HOB. The Priest or Priestess in charge of a Religious gathering, which in Saxon was known as a COVEN, was passed down generation to generation. You could be initiated as a Witch but you could only be born a HOB. For a Hobbs, being born was their initiation into Witchcraft.
The next oldest origin is from the Viking and Saxon name HRODBEARTSON or HRODBEARTSSON but this term is usually only in the north of England, especially Yorkshire. This means Son of Robert.
The third oldest comes from the French term for someone who HOBBYS, meaning somebody who hunts with a Falcon instead of a Hawk. This term comes from Gloucestershire.
Finally Hobb was a pet form of the name Robert (where
there is a mention of Hobb). The Norman invasion in 1066 brought
countless new names to England, but the local population had
trouble pronouncing the Norman version of a preceding
"R" so they used "H" in many cases, which was
easier for them to pronounce. That is why Dick became a nickname
for Rick (Richard), and Hobb was substituted for Rob (Robert).
Hob, Hopp, Hobbin, Hoblin, Hobling, Hoblyn are variations.
Patronymic (that is where the name is taken from the father)
forms include Hobbes, Hobbs, Hobbiss, Hobbis, Hobson, Hopson,
Incidentally the family crest featured above is a Heron Sabel Beak and feet Gules fish in mouth.
THE HOBBS FAMILY TREE may assist you in navigating part of the site for it shows the first three generations going back to my great grandparents.
The FULL FAMILY HISTORY INDEX is on a separate page.
"When you are born, you cry, and the world rejoices. When you die, you rejoice, and the world cries".
Ancient Tibetan Buddhist saying
The two photographs are shown below are of the author:
The photograph on the left was taken at Greenhill County Infant School Sheffield circa 1960 whilst the second was taken at the Northern General Hospital Sheffield May 1998. There are earlier photographs taken of me outside our house in Old Park Avenue, Greenhill, Sheffield in the 1950's. I have also posted pages that gives a brief history and description of Jessops Hospital For Women, Leavygreave Road, Sheffield the place where I was born, as well as content that shows what a "sixties childhood" was all about.
The above photograph was taken circa 1936 at Hill Top near Penistone, South Yorkshire. In the centre of the photograph is my father Gordon Clement Hobbs [1920 - 1999]. Standing alongside him is his father Clement Douglas Hobbs [1894 - 1975] and mother Rose Hobbs nee Sanby [1894 - 1986]. Clem and Rose are my paternal grandparents.
Clem was the second youngest son of James Hobbs [1854 - 1934] and Elizabeth Margaret Hobbs nee Thomas [1860 - 1947] my great grandparents whilst Rose was the youngest daughter of Edwin Sanby (1856 - 1910) and Mary Sanby nee Broomhead (1857 - 1904)
The photograph was taken in Bournemouth, in the summer of 1954.The woman pushing the pram on the right (with yours truly in it) is my mother Jean Hobbs nee Hemsworth [1930 - ]. To her right is her mother Lily Hemsworth nee Shirt[1901 - 1984] and father Sidney Hemsworth [1900 - 1973] (my maternal grandparents). I was about nine months at the time the photograph was taken and I believe that it was my first ever holiday
"Gratitude is not only the
greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others." Cicero
I would like to extend my great thanks to Mr. Kenneth Langler of West Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A. for the time and trouble he has taken in supplying me with additional information on the Hobbs Family.
The same depth of gratitude also extends to Mrs. Barbara Bradley (nee Hobbs) of Woodford Green Essex who has also given me great assistance in this project. The same depth also extends to Joyce Gunn (nee Hobbs) of Braintree Essex and the late Margaret Griffiths (nee Hobbs) of Newport for the time and trouble they have taken in helping me "sort out" our common ancestors
Through their efforts I have established contact with the family of my Grandads' younger brother Reg Hobbs. They have also been very kind in sharing their memories and thoughts with me. Special mention must be made of the late Ray Hobbs whose untiring efforts and perseverance has led to discoveries that I would never have thought possible. His brother Dennis Hobbs has also been highly supportive of this venture and my appreciation goes out to him as well. Their help and encouragement was and still is greatly appreciated.
Much of the information on Mary Anne Sanby (1826 - ) was obtained by my fourth cousin once removed Allan Colley. (Our common ancestor is JOSEPH SANBY (1806 - 1876). Alan had created an excellent website that covered the history of The Colley Family in Sheffield from the late eighteenth century to the present day, but it recently has been taken down.
The large amount of information that has been posted to the site about the Lewis Family is a result of the information that has been researched and supplied by a number of people most notably Margaret Harvey and Ruth Hay . Mention must be made of Richard J. Meredith who has developed expertise in the history of the Lewis Family and is an authority both on the subject and the area.
I am very happy to share, completely free of charge, the fruits of my genealogical research with bona fide Family History researchers for their own private use, but not for use by professional genealogists for commercial purposes or financial gain. I also welcome information from all authentic sources as well as copies of Family Trees.
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