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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. However, the name could have also have originated from a multitude of other origins as as the word "cobb" has many different meanings as a noun and as a verb.

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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 Leuricus Cobbe, a Saxon was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1]


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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.

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

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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.

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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 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 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 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


Cobb Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Cobb, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Cobb arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848
  • William Cobb arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
  • Rhoda Cobb arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
  • John Cobb arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848


Cobb Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Cobb arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • P. Cobb arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Fruing" in 1875
  • Arthur Cobb arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1881
  • Robert Cobb arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Montrose" in 1883

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  • William Cobb (1917-1990), American designer and engineer of roller coasters
  • William T. Cobb (1857-1937), American politician, the 46th Governor of Maine
  • Julie Cobb (b. 1947), American actress, daughter of actor Lee J. Cobb
  • John Robert Cobb (1903-1967), American orthopedic surgeon known for the Cobb angle
  • Jimmy Wilbur Cobb (b. 1929), American jazz drummer
  • Geraldyn M. Cobb (b. 1931), American aviator, member of the "Mercury 13"
  • George W. Cobb ASGCA (1914-1986), American golf course designer who created the Par-3 Course at Augusta National Golf Club
  • Humphrey Cobb (1899-1944), Italian-born, American screenwriter and novelist, best known for writing the novel Paths of Glory and was lead screenwriter on the movie San Quentin (1937), starring Humphrey Bogart
  • George Woodworth Cobb (1865-1926), American Major League Baseball player who played for the Baltimore Orioles in 1892
  • Edmund Cobb (1892-1974), American actor who appeared in 623 films between 1912 and 1966

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  • Cobb and Cobbs, Early Virginians by John E. Cobb.
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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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