Surname: HOBART The surname of HOBART 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. The name is also spelt HABBERT, HAPPERT, HOBBERT, HABLET, HABLOT and HOBBING.
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.
In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms.
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