Dabb History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dabb family

The surname Dabb was first found in Yorkshire where the Assize Rolls of 1219 list Hugo Daubur as holding estates there at that time. A few years later, Robert le Daubar was listed in Berkshire in 1221 and later, Nicholas le Doudur was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire in 1260. [1]

The name was a medieval trade name for someone who was a plasterer. [2] [3]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Willelmus Dauber; Johannes Doweber; and Johannes Douber. [4]

Early History of the Dabb family

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Dabb Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dauber, Dawber, Dober, Daber, Dabber, Doberer and others.

Early Notables of the Dabb family (pre 1700)

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United States Dabb migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dabb Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Amy Dabb, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [5]
Dabb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Dabb, who landed in Arkansas in 1898 [5]

Australia Dabb migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dabb Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edwin Vaughan Dabb, (b. 1833), aged 19, Cornish miner departing from Falmouth in April 1852 aboard the ship "Augusta Schneider" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 24th August 1852 [6]
  • John Dabb, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
  • Samuel Dabb, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"

New Zealand Dabb migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dabb Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Dabb, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
  • John Dabb, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
  • Melcheside Dabb, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Dabb, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th October 1855 [7]
  • Mr. John Dabb, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th October 1855 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Dabb migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [8]
Dabb Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Tho Dabb, aged 25, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [5]
  • Mr. Thomas Dabb, (b. 1610), aged 25, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Alexander" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [9]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  9. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 28th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)


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