Dobins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Dobins is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Dobins family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Dobins family lived in Staffordshire. 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. 
Some sources notes note that the name is a diminutive of Dobb, which itself is a pet diminutive of Robert.  
Early Origins of the Dobins family
The surname Dobins was first found in Staffordshire as a forename, Dobin de Hatton who was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1203. A few years later, Dobin Cusin was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for Devon in 1221. The first record of the name as a surname was Hugo and Robert Dobin who were listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for Herefordshire in 1207 and later in the Assize Rolls for Berkshire in 1227. 
Hugo Dobin was recorded in the Rotuli de Oblatis et Finibus, King John. 
Early History of the Dobins family
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Dobins Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Dobyns, Dobbins, Dobbings, Dobyn, Dobbin, Dobbyn and many more.
Early Notables of the Dobins family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dobins family to Ireland
Some of the Dobins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Dobins or a variant listed above:
Dobins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
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.