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Where did the English Cobb family come from? What is the English Cobb family crest and coat of arms? 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 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 as the word "cobb" has many different meanings as a noun and as a verb.

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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.

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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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
  • 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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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtutis stemmata
Motto Translation: Virtue is Valuable.

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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. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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The Cobb Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cobb 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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