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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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dobbins research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dobbins History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Dobbins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Dobbins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Eleanor Dobbins, who landed in Maryland in 1651
  • Richd Dobbins, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • Ellen Dobbins, who arrived in Maryland in 1652
  • Rich Dobbins, who landed in Virginia in 1653


Dobbins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Dobbins, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
  • Thomas Dobbins, who landed in America in 1795

Dobbins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Alex Dobbins U.E. who settled in St. Stephen, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Port Matoon Association

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  • 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
  • Dan Dobbins, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1984
  • D. V. Dobbins, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1944

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  • Jackson: Hefton-Dobbins-Riggins/Reagon-Cooper Genealogy and Family History by Naomi Ruth Jackson Chasteen.
  • Some Dobbin(s), Skiles Lines form Pennsylvania to North Carolina and Tennessee. With Additional Lines of Coker, Cowan, Dailey, Graham, Hess, Palmer, Barekman, Lowarance, Newhill by June Beverly Barekman.
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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.

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The Dobbins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dobbins Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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