Cobbold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cobbold has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the Old English given name "Cobbold" which literally means "famous-bold." [1] [2] The name appears in the Domesday Book as Cuboid; a personal name. [3]

Early Origins of the Cobbold family

The surname Cobbold was first found in Northamptonshire, where Aluuinus Cubold is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 [4] [1] Later, Ricardus Cubaldus was found in the Pipe Rolls of 1174 in Herefordshire; John Cubald in the Assize Rolls for Lancashire in 1219; Thomas Cutebold and William Cotebold in 1292, 1332-57 in Kent; and John Cobald in the Feet of Fines for Suffolk in 1309. [1]

The Cabbage variant is most interesting. Derived from the Middle English word "caboche," meaning "head of cabbage," this nickname was first found in the Feet of Fines for Yorkshire in 1280 with Richard Caboche. A few years later, John Cabage was listed in 1304-1305. Much later, William Cabbage was listed in Essex in 1662. [1]

Early History of the Cobbold family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cobbold research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1174, 1219, 1273, 1353, 1649, 1561, 1592, 1680, 1752, 1767, 1824, 1767, 1787, 1768, 1837, 1768, 1797, 1877 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Cobbold History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cobbold Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Cobbold include Cobbold, Cobbald, Cubald, Cubold, Cubaldus, Carbould, Cobald, Cubbel, Cubaud, Corbold, Corbould, Cubill, Cobell and many more.

Early Notables of the Cobbold family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include William Cobbold, a composer of the latter part of the sixteenth, and early part of the following century, was one of the ten musicians who harmonized the tunes for 'The Whole Booke of Psalmes with their wonted Tunes as they are song in Churches, composed into foure partes,' published by Thomas Este in 1592. [5] Thomas Cobbold (1680-1752), was an English brewer born in Rattlesdon, Suffolk who established a family brewery in Ipswich. He was the progenitor of the Ipswich branch of the family, a line that continues today as prominent promoters of Ipswich...
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Migration of the Cobbold family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: M. Cobell who arrived in San Francisco in 1856.


Contemporary Notables of the name Cobbold (post 1700) +

  • Richard Cobbold (1797-1877), English British author and writer [6]
  • John Cobbold (1927-1983), English businessman, chairman of Ipswich Town F.C., 1957–1976
  • John Cobbold (1831-1875), English politician, MP for Ipswich
  • John Cobbold (1797-1882), English brewer and MP for Ipswich
  • John Cobbold (1774-1860), English brewer, banker, merchant
  • John Cobbold (1746-1835), English brewer, banker, merchant in Ipswich, son of Thomas Cobbold (1708–1767)
  • Hermione Cobbold (1905-2004), Baroness Cobbold, wife of Cameron Cobbold
  • Cameron Cobbold (1904-1987), 1st Baron Cobbold, Governor of the Bank of England
  • William Nevill "Nuts" Cobbold (1862-1922), English footballer
  • David Antony Fromanteel Lytton- Cobbold DL (1937-2022), 2nd Baron Cobbold, British hereditary peer and member of the House of Lords
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Cobbold 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: Rebus angustis fortis
Motto Translation: Brave in adversity.


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. ^ Grove, Sir George, A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (AD. 1450-1889) London: Macmillan1902, Print, 2 Vols
  6. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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