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Where did the English Cobb family come from? When did the Cobb family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cobb family history?

The name Cobb is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a large man. This surname originally derived from the Old English word Cobba which described a man of particularly large or impressive features and had great strength.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cobb have been found, including Cobb, Cobbe and others.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and the name was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086, by scribes of King William, Duke of Normandy, which showed that they held land at that time.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cobb research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1234, 1235, 1500, 1478, 1595, 1655, 1675 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Cobb History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cobb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Cobb family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Cobb surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Cobb Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Cobb, who arrived in Virginia in 1613
  • Elzabeth Cobb, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Henry Cobb, who settled in Plymouth in 1629
  • Nico Cobb, aged 24, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
  • Henry Cobb, who landed in Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1644

Cobb Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Whitfeild Cobb, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Winfield Cobb, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Isabella Cobb, who arrived in New England in 1720
  • William Cobb, aged 31, landed in Georgia in 1775
  • Wm Cobb, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Cobb Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • J Cobb, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • N Cobb, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • John Cobb, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • M S Cobb, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J G Cobb, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb (1866-1961), American Major League Baseball outfielder, nicknamed "The Georgia Peach," inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936
  • Lee J. Cobb (1911-1976), American Academy Award winning actor best known for his roles in 12 Angry Men (1957) and On The Waterfront (1954)
  • Randall Craig "Tex" Cobb (b. 1950), American boxer, kickboxer and actor
  • Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb (1876-1944), American author, humorist, and columnist
  • Stanley Cobb (1887-1968), American neurologist considered "the founder of biological psychiatry in the United States"
  • Arnett Cobb (1918-1989), American jazz tenor saxophonist
  • Thomas Howell Cobb (1815-1868), American politician, President of the Provisional Confederate States Congress (1861-1862), United States Secretary of the Treasury (1857-1860), Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1849-1851)
  • Alexander Miller "Alex" Cobb (b. 1987), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays
  • Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb (1823-1862), American lawyer, author, politician, and Confederate officer killed in the Battle of Fredericksburg during the American Civil War
  • Price Cobb (b. 1954), American racecar driver, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1990



  • Cobb and Cobbs, Early Virginians by John E. Cobb.


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