There are two possible meanings of this interesting name of Medieval English origin, the first being that it is a dialectal variant of Hubble, a name common in the West Midlands, and derived from the Norman personal name 'Hubald', composed of the Germanic elements 'hug', heart, mind or spirit, and 'bald', brave or bold. However, this surname may also be a nickname for the son of Hugh - Hugh's bairn, from the Old French personal name Hu(gh)e, which was introduced into Britain by the Normans, and has the same derivation as the first element of Hubble, ie., 'hug', heart, mind or spirit. Amongst the sample recordings in Warwickshire is the marriage of John Huband and Mary Wadley in 1595 at Bidford, and Marie Huband, the daughter of John Huband, who was christened on October 24th 1619, at Salford. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugo Hubald, which was dated 1086, Domesday Book, during the reign of King William 1, 'The Conqueror', 1066-1087. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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