Dobin is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Dobin 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 Dobin family
The surname Dobin 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 Dobin family
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Dobin Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Dobyns, Dobbins, Dobbings, Dobyn, Dobbin, Dobbyn and many more.
Early Notables of the Dobin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dobin family to Ireland
Some of the Dobin 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 Dobin family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dobin or a variant listed above:
Dobin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Margaret Dobin, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Dobin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Alexander Dobin U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 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
Dobin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Susan Dobin, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
- Charles P. Dobin, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
- James Wallis Dobin, aged 15, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
- Josiah Dobin, aged 27, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
- Vincent Perren Dobin, aged 16, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
The Dobin 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.