The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Dobbings family lived in Gloucestershire
. This family was originally from St. Aubin, Normandy
, and it is from the local
form of this place-name, D'Aubin, which literally translates as from Aubin,
that their surname derives.
Early Origins of the Dobbings family
The surname Dobbings was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Dobbings family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dobbings research.Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1641 and are included under the topic Early Dobbings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dobbings Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Dobyns, Dobbins, Dobbings, Dobyn, Dobbin, Dobbyn and many more.
Early Notables of the Dobbings family (pre 1700)
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dobbings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dobbings family to Ireland
Some of the Dobbings family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 141 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dobbings family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Dobbings or a variant listed above:
Dobbings Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Dobbings, who arrived in New England in 1745
Dobbings Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Hugh John, Joseph, Richard, Thomas and William Dobbings, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1775 and 1825
The Dobbings Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Re e merito
Motto Translation: This through merit.