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The name Cobbs is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for 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.

Cobbs Early Origins



The surname Cobbs was first found in Suffolk where Leuricus Cobbe, a Saxon was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Cobbs Spelling Variations


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Cobbs Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cobbs have been found, including Cobb, Cobbe and others.

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Cobbs Early History


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Cobbs Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cobbs 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 Cobbs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cobbs Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cobbs Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cobbs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cobbs In Ireland


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Cobbs In Ireland



Some of the Cobbs 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Cobbs surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Cobbs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Cobbs, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Ambrose Cobbs, who arrived in Virginia in 1639
  • Elizabeth Cobbs, who landed in Maryland in 1665

Cobbs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Susan Cobbs, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Susannah Cobbs, who arrived in Virginia in 1716

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cobbs (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cobbs (post 1700)



  • Willie Cobbs (b. 1932), American blues singer, harmonica player and songwriter, best known for his song, "You Don't Love Me"
  • Patrick Cobbs (b. 1983), American NFL football running back
  • Brigadier-General Nicholas Hamner Cobbs (1896-1968), American Fiscal Director of the Army (1942-1946)

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Suggested Readings for the name Cobbs


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Suggested Readings for the name Cobbs



  • Cobb and Cobbs, Early Virginians by John E. Cobb.

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Motto


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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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See Also


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Citations


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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.

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Cobbs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cobbs 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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