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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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The surname Cobb was first found in Suffolk where Leuricus Cobbe, a Saxon was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cobb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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
  • William Cobb, who landed in Mississippi in 1798
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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
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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
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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 Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. William H Cobb (b. 1922), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Birmingham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Sterling R Cobb, British Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Roy W Cobb, British Petty Officer Cook, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
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  • Cobb and Cobbs, Early Virginians by John E. Cobb.
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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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