Dobsent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Dobsent family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from Dob, the baptismal name meaning the son of Robert. 
Early Origins of the Dobsent family
The surname Dobsent was first found in Lancashire. The name was first found in the northern counties of England, firstly in Lancashire where they held Whitestock Hall, and by the 13th century had branched to Durham, Yorkshire, (where they held the Vicarage, near Bingley and Miss Ann Dobson was the heiress of Christopher Tancred of Wixley) and Cheshire. In 1396, Robert Johanson Dobson won a pardon in Lancashire. 
Early History of the Dobsent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dobsent research. Another 164 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1567, 1675, 1695, 1633, 1681, 1633, 1670, 1681, 1610, 1646 and are included under the topic Early Dobsent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dobsent Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Dobsent include Dobson, Dobsons, Dobsin, Dobsan, Dobsaun, Dobsone and many more.
Early Notables of the Dobsent family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Dobson (1633-1681), English Puritan divine, born in 1633 in Warwickshire, in which county his father was a minister. "In 1670 he was presented to the rectory of Corscombe in Dorsetshire, and about four years later to that of Cold Higham in Northamptonshire, by Sir William Farmor of Easton Neston, who had been his pupil at Magdalen College. He died in 1681 at Corscombe, where...
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Migration of the Dobsent family to Ireland
Some of the Dobsent family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Dobsent family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Dobsent were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Edward Dobson settled in Virginia in the year 1638; and Richard also settled in that colony in the year 1643. Later, Samuel Dobson settled in Harbour Grace Parish in Newfoundland in 1823.
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- ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)