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Where did the English Cobia family come from? What is the English Cobia family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cobia family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cobia family history?

Cobia is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in Colby, a parish in the county of Norfolk.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Cobia has been recorded under many different variations, including Colby, Colbey, Coalby and others.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cobia research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cobia History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cobia or a variant listed above: Anthony Colby and his wife Susannah who settled at Salem Massachusetts in 1630; Henry Colby settled in New England in 1633; Anne Colby settled in Virginia in 1655..

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