Cobb History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Cobb come from its first bearer, who was 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 the word "cobb" has many different meanings as a noun and as a verb. [1]

Early Origins of the Cobb family

The surname Cobb was first found in Suffolk where Leuricus Cobbe, a Saxon was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1]

The family quickly scattered throughout ancient England. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 give evidence: Richard Cobbe in Cambridgeshire; and Robert Cobbe in Oxfordshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Thomas Cobson as holding lands there at that time. [2]

Further to the north in Scotland, the name was first listed in 1479 when John Cob in Ardoch appears as witness. A few years later, in 1508 there is mention of land of Malcolm Cob in Brechin. John Cobb was citiner of Brechin in 1629 and thirteen more of the name appear in the Brechin Commissariot Record. [3]

Important Dates for the Cobb family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cobb research. Another 120 words (9 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.

Cobb Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cobb has been spelled many different ways, including Cobb, Cobbe and others.

Early Notables of the Cobb family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cobb family to Ireland

Some of the Cobb family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cobb migration to the United States

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Cobbs to arrive in North America:

Cobb Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Cobb, who arrived in Virginia in 1613 [4]
  • Elzabeth Cobb, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [4]
  • Henry Cobb, who settled in Plymouth in 1629
  • Nico Cobb, aged 24, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [4]
  • Henry Cobb, who landed in Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1644 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Cobb Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Whitfeild Cobb, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [4]
  • Winfield Cobb, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [4]
  • Isabella Cobb, who arrived in New England in 1720 [4]
  • William Cobb, aged 31, who landed in Georgia in 1775 [4]
  • William Cobb, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Cobb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Cobb, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • N Cobb, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • John Cobb, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • M S Cobb, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • J G Cobb, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cobb migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [5]
  • George Cobb, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [6]
  • William Cobb, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [7]
  • Rhoda Cobb, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [7]
  • John Cobb, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cobb migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cobb Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Cobb, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Mr. John Cobb, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Black Eagle" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th November 1861 [8]
  • P. Cobb, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Fruing" in 1875
  • Arthur Cobb, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1881
  • Robert Cobb, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Montrose" in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Cobb (post 1700)

  • Reginald John "Reggie" Cobb (1968-2019), American football running back from Knoxville, Tennessee who played seven seasons in the National Football League
  • Jewel Plummer Cobb (1924-2017), American biologist, cancer researcher, and academic administrator, President of California State University, Fullerton (1981-1990)
  • Geraldyn M. Cobb (b. 1931), American aviator, member of the "Mercury 13," one of thirteen women who underwent many of the same physiological screening tests as the astronauts selected by NASA for Project Mercury
  • 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
  • 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
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Cobb family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. William H Cobb (b. 1922), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Birmingham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Sterling R Cobb, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Roy W Cobb, British Petty Officer Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Ballard Burgher Cobb, American Seaman First Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [11]

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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.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLTON 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Bolton.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The HARPLEY 1848 - PASSENGER LIST. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848HarpleyPassengerList.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  11. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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