Show ContentsCobos History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The noble Spanish surname Cobos is of local origin, that is, it is derived from the name of a place where a man once lived or held land. In this instance the surname Cobos comes from the Latin word "covum," which corresponds to the English word "hollow" or "cave." Thus, the original bearer of the name most likely lived in a place well known for its proximity to some caves.

Early Origins of the Cobos family

The surname Cobos was first found in the province of Burgos in the northern region of Castile-Leon. The earliest records of the name Cobos are from the church of Santo Domingo de la Calzada which mentions a Knight by the name of don Juan Cobo in 1157.

Early History of the Cobos family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cobos research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1406, 1582 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Cobos History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cobos Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cobos, Covo, Covillo and others.

Early Notables of the Cobos family

Prominent among bearers of the Cobos family name at this time was

  • Pedro Rodriguez de los Cobos, who distinguished himself in "la batalla de los Collejares" in 1406

Cobos Ranking

In the United States, the name Cobos is the 6,711st most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Cobos migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cobos Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nies Cobos, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [2]
  • A Cobos, aged 42, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831 [2]
  • Marcelino Cobos, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1858 [2]
  • Antonia Cobos, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1858 [2]
  • Jose Cobos, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1860 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cobos (post 1700) +

  • Ignacio Cobos Vidal (b. 1966), Spanish silver medalist field hockey player at the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Dr. Jesús López Cobos (b. 1940), Spanish composer and conductor
  • Vincent Cobos (b. 1965), retired French footballer
  • Carlos de los Cobos Martínez (b. 1958), Mexican former football player
  • Julio César Cleto Cobos (b. 1955), Argentine politician, serving as the Vice President of Argentina
  • José Javier Cobos Castillo (b. 1968), retired French footballer
  • Ignacio Cobos Vidal (b. 1966), former field hockey player from Spain
  • Eduardo Cobos Cárdenas (b. 1924), Spanish lawyer


  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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