The generations and branches of the Cubitt family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name Cubitt comes from the personal name Jacob.
The surname Cubitt is derived from Cob,
which is a pet form of the name Jacob,
and is supplemented by the common diminutive suffix -et.
Some experts state that the surname Cubitt is a nickname
derived from the Old English word cubit,
which means elbow.
One expert is dumbfounded: "I cannot explain the somewhat common and well-known surname, unless it be a diminutive or corruption of a personal name
. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Cubitt family
The surname Cubitt was first found in Norfolk
, where Geoffrey Cobet and Roger Cobet were both listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Cubitt family
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Cubitt Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Cubitt include Cubitt, Cowbitt, Cobbett, Cubyt, Cubbert, Cubit and many more.
Early Notables of the Cubitt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cubitt family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cubitt or a variant listed above: Isaac Cubbert who settled in New York State in 1811; William Cubit settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866.
Contemporary Notables of the name Cubitt (post 1700)
- Clayton James Cubitt (b. 1972), known as Siege, an American photographer, filmmaker and writer from New Orleans, now living in Brooklyn
- Thomas Cubitt, English businessman who founded Cubitts Engineering Co. Ltd (c.1815) which produced the Cubbitt, a British motor vehicle manufactured in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire from 1920 to 1925 (around 3,000 were built)
- Colonel William George Cubitt VC DSO (1835-1903), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
- William Cubitt (1791-1863), English engineering contractor and Conservative Party politician
- Lewis Cubitt (1799-1883), English civil engineer
- Joseph Cubitt (1811-1872), English civil engineer who designed the Blackfriars Railway Bridge over the River Thames in London, son of Sir WIlliam Cubitt
- James Cubitt (1836-1912), English Victorian church architect who specialized in building non-conformist chapels including Emmanuel Congregational Church in Cambridge (1873) and Union Chapel, Islington (1877)
- Tom Cubitt (b. 1950), English actor, known for BBC Sunday-Night Theatre and A Ride on the Donkeys (1959)
- Sir William Cubitt (1785-1861), English civil engineer from Norfolk, Chief Engineer of Crystal Palace erected at Hyde Park in 1851
- Thomas Cubitt (1788-1855), English master builder from Buxton, Norfolk, notable for developing many of the historic streets and squares in London
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