Dobbins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Dobbins family, who 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 Dobbins family

The surname Dobbins 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.

Important Dates for the Dobbins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dobbins research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1641 and are included under the topic Early Dobbins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dobbins Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Dobyns, Dobbins, Dobbings, Dobyn, Dobbin, Dobbyn and many more.

Early Notables of the Dobbins family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Dobbins family to Ireland

Some of the Dobbins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Dobbins migration to the United States

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dobbins or a variant listed above:

Dobbins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Dobbins, who settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Eleanor Dobbins, who landed in Maryland in 1651 [1]
  • Richard Dobbins, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [1]
  • Ellen Dobbins, who arrived in Maryland in 1652 [1]
  • Rich Dobbins, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dobbins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Dobbins, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [1]
  • Thomas Dobbins, who landed in America in 1795 [1]

Dobbins migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dobbins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Alex Dobbins U.E. who settled in St. Stephen, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Port Matoon Association [2]
Dobbins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • B. Dobbins, aged 25 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Bee" departing 17th April 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 12th June 1847 but they died on board [3]
  • J. Dobbins, aged 3 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Bee" departing 17th April 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 12th June 1847 but they died on board [3]
  • Mr. John Dobbins, aged 4 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Bee" departing 17th April 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 12th June 1847 but he died on board [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dobbins (post 1700)

  • Daniel Dobbins (1776-1856), American sailing master in the United States Navy
  • Horace Dobbins (1868-1962), American Mayor of Pasadena, California
  • James Carter Dobbins (b. 1949), American academic, Japanologist and professor of religion and East Asian studies
  • Donald Claude Dobbins (1878-1943), U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • Samuel Atkinson Dobbins (1814-1886), American Republican Party politician
  • Bill Dobbins, American photographer
  • Timothy L. Dobbins (b. 1982), American football linebacker
  • Donald Claude Dobbins (1878-1943), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois 19th District, 1933-37; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1936 [4]
  • Dan Dobbins, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1984 [4]
  • D. V. Dobbins, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1944 [4]
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 73)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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