Cobelstone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Cobelstone family

The surname Cobelstone was first found in Devon where the earliest recorded of the name was Hugh of Coplestone in the year 1275 who was Lord of the Manor at that time. It was a hamlet and manor in the parish of Colebrook. Conjecturally, the family may be descended from the tenant of the parish, Manfred, who held it from William Cheever at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book by Duke William of Normandy in 1086. (This Guillaume La Chievre of Normandy, held 47 baronies in the county of Devon, and held a family seat at Bradninch in Devon. He attended William the Conqueror at Hastings in 1066,) Manfred was most likely a son or nephew of this great Baron Guillaume. It was customary amongst the Norman nobles at that time to allow their relatives to adopt the place name of their under-tenancy as their Sirename, so as to distinguish the branch from the main stem of the family. However, it seems clear that by the mid 13th century the name was well established. This unusual name and hamlet may have been connected with the small stones which were ballast brought back from Iceland by the fishing fleet which plied from Devon, and from the 12th to the 16th century were used extensively for paving the roads of England.

Important Dates for the Cobelstone family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cobelstone research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1359, 1607, 1642, 1655 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Cobelstone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cobelstone Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Coppleston, Copplestone, Copleston, Coplestone, Cobblestone, Cobelstone, Cobbelstone and many more.

Early Notables of the Cobelstone family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Cobelstone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Cobelstone family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Annias Copleston settled in Virginia in 1635.

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