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The Cobbin name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Cobbin is derived from the given name Jacob.

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The surname Cobbin was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Before the last few 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 Cobbin were recorded, including Cobbin, Cobbing, Cobon, Cobin, Cobyn, Cobben, Cobenn, Coblyn, Coblin and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cobbin research. Another 246 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1273, 1298, 1345, and 1773 are included under the topic Early Cobbin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cobbin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Cobbin family emigrate to North America:

Cobbin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Cobbin who arrived in Philadelphia in 1851
  • Thomas Cobbin in Philadelphia in 1856
  • Alfred Cobbin, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1856
  • David Cobbin, aged 18, landed in New York in 1862
  • Mary A Cobbin, aged 56, arrived in New York in 1862

Cobbin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • James Cobbin, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834

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  • Max Cobbin, Ghanaian insurance Chairman of SIC Insurance Company, a Ghanaian insurance company


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The Cobbin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cobbin 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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