Dobsin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Dobsin is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from Dob, the baptismal name meaning the son of Robert. [1]

Early Origins of the Dobsin family

The surname Dobsin 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. [2]

Early History of the Dobsin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dobsin 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 Dobsin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dobsin Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Dobsin has undergone many spelling variations, including Dobson, Dobsons, Dobsin, Dobsan, Dobsaun, Dobsone and many more.

Early Notables of the Dobsin 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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Ireland Migration of the Dobsin family to Ireland

Some of the Dobsin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dobsin migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Dobsin were among those contributors:

Dobsin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J, Dobsin Jr., who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]

Canada Dobsin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dobsin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Alexander Dobsin who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lady Gordon" departing 14th April 1847 from Belfast, Ireland; the ship arrived on 20th June 1847 but he died on board [4]


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 73)


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