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Where did the English Cubit family come from? What is the English Cubit family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cubit family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cubit family history?

The history of the name Cubit begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the personal name Jacob. The surname Cubit is derived from Cob, which is a pet form of the name Jacob, and is supplemented by the common diminutive suffix -et. Some experts state that the surname Cubit is a nickname derived from the Old English word cubit, which means elbow.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Cubit has been recorded under many different variations, including Cubitt, Cowbitt, Cobbett, Cubyt, Cubbert, Cubit and many more.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cubit research. Another 304 words(22 lines of text) covering the year 1400 is included under the topic Early Cubit History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cubit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cubit or a variant listed above:

Cubit Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Matthew Cubit, who landed in Virginia in 1701

Cubit Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Cubit settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866

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The Cubit Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cubit Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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