Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to 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.
Early Origins of the Cobbe family
Suffolk where Leuricus Cobbe, a Saxon was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Cobbe family
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Cobbe Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cobbe were recorded, including Cobb, Cobbe and others.
Early Notables of the Cobbe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cobbe family to Ireland
Some of the Cobbe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cobbe family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Cobbe family emigrate to North America: Henry Cobb, who settled in Plymouth in 1629. It was said that his descendants were "like the sands of the beach," and many North American Cobbs are descended from this man. He was one of the founders of the church in Scituate in 1633. He was a representative of the colony's court for six years. John Cobb was another settler in 1658.
Contemporary Notables of the name Cobbe (post 1700)
Historic Events for the Cobbe family
The Cobbe Motto
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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