Cobie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cobie is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in Colby, a parish in the county of Norfolk.

Early Origins of the Cobie family

The surname Cobie was 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.

Early History of the Cobie family

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Cobie Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cobie family name include Colby, Colbey, Coalby and others.

Early Notables of the Cobie family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cobie family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Cobie surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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..


Contemporary Notables of the name Cobie (post 1700) +

  • Stephen Cobie, Scottish-born, Canadian poet
  • Cobie Legrange (b. 1942), South African professional golfer, active in the 1960s; he won the Dunlop Masters title in 1964 and 1969 and the Pringle of Scotland Tournament in 1965


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