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The name Dobbs has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from Robert. Dobb was a diminutive of the name Robert in the Middle Ages; is has changed since then to the modern form Bob. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)


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The surname Dobbs was first found in Lincolnshire where Dobbe filius Iuonis was listed there in the Assize Rolls of 1202. Dobbe le Deneby was listed in the Assize Rolls of Yorkshire in 1219 and later, Reginald, William Dobbe was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1275. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed William Dobbe in Norfolka and Robert Dobes in Oxfordshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists Johanna Dobbewf (the wife of Dob), Isabella Dobson and more. [3]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)
In the early years the name was interchangeable with the name Robert and was very common in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire and Staffordshire. By example, "Dobbe de Witemore (1307 - Assize Rolls for Staffordshire) is identical with Robert de Whitemore (1318.) Richardus filius Dobbe was the same man as Richard Dobbe (1297.)" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Dobbs include Dobbs, Dobb, Dobbe, Dobbes and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dobbs research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1202 and 1450 are included under the topic Early Dobbs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Dobbs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Dobbs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Dobbs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Dobbs, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Gerrard Dobbs, who arrived in Maryland in 1659
  • Henry Dobbs, who landed in Maryland in 1659
  • Thomas Dobbs, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • John Dobbs, who landed in Maryland in 1665
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Dobbs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Dobbs settled in Maryland in 1741
  • John and Samuel Dobbs who settled in Pennsylvania about the year 1750

Dobbs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Dobbs, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • A Dobbs, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • William Dobbs settled in New York in 1822
  • D. W. Dobbs settled in New Orleans La. in 1823
  • Samuel Dobbs, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
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Dobbs Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Zacharia Dobbs U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Dobbs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Dobbs arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Mary Dobbs arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Abia Dobbs arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Sarah Ann Dobbs arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
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  • Mattiwilda Dobbs (1925-2015), African-American coloratura soprano, one of the first black singers to see successful career in opera, daughter of John Wesley Dobbs
  • Samuel Candler Dobbs (1868-1950), American President and Chairman of The Coca-Cola Company 1919–1922
  • John Wesley Dobbs (1882-1961), African American civic and political leader
  • Hoyt McWhorter Dobbs (1878-1954), American Methodist Bishop
  • Frank Q. Dobbs (1939-2006), American screenwriter, film director, film producer and cinematographer
  • Farrell Dobbs (1907-1983), American Trotskyist, trade unionist, politician, and historian
  • Demarcus Dobbs (b. 1987), American NFL football defensive end and tight end for the San Francisco 49ers
  • Robert Lee “Bobby” Dobbs (1922-1986), American football fullback and coach
  • Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs (1930-1994), American historian specializing in Isaac Newton's occult studies, posthumous recipient of the George Sarton Medal of the History of Science Society
  • Amanda J. Dobbs (b. 1993), American figure skater
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  • Gone to Alabama: A History of the Dobbs and Gilbreath Families by Edward Johnson Ladd.
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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: Proximi summa
Motto Translation: Nearest summit.

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Citations



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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The Dobbs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dobbs 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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