Hoban / Family History
The family history of the ancient name Hoban
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. The name Hoban in Gaelic is O'hUbain and both Hoban and Hobban are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from County Mayo where they were a branch of the Ulster Cenel Eoghain who settled in Mayo.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.
References to the name prior to the seventeenth century include that relating to a David O'Hubane of Burrishoole, who was a cleric in the year 1584. A Shane O'Howbane, of Togher, was recorded as a carpenter in the year 1592. There are several mentions of the name in the 'Book of Survey and Distribution for County Mayo'. In the Hearth Money Rolls of 1665, in County Tipperary, there are five families of the name recorded. Mayo is the County in which the name is chiefly found to this very day. The Hoban
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Hoban