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Early Origins of the Mobbs family

The surname Mobbs was first found in Kirkcudbrightshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Chille Chuithbheirt), part of the present day Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, former county in Southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Much farther to the south in Cornwall, England we found this interesting entry as to the parish of Mabe in Cornwall:

"This parish, which is neither large nor populous, is in the deanery and east division of the hundred of Kirrier. It is situated about two miles and a half nearly north-west from Penryn, and contains but little to recommend it to particular notice. On the origin of its name many doubts have been entertained. As a distinct parish its antiquity cannot be compared to that of many other parishes; since it was formerly appropriated to the rich college of Glaseney, at Penryn, and in conjunction with Milor, it forms at present only a consolidated vicarage. In some old records this parish bears the name of Lavabe or Lavapper, and at other times Lan-Mabe, which implies the church of Mabe.' [1]

Father Mapple is a fictional character in Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick (1851); eponym of Mapple Glacier, in the Aristotle Mountains of Antarctica.

Early History of the Mobbs family

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Mobbs Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mabbe, Mabee, Mabey, Mabie, Mabes and others.

Early Notables of the Mobbs family (pre 1700)

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United States Mobbs migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mobbs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Mobbs, who landed in Virginia in 1662 [2]
Mobbs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Mobbs, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [2]
Mobbs Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Fitz James Mobbs, who arrived in Arkansas in 1903 [2]

Australia Mobbs migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mobbs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Mobbs, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Joseph Mobbs, aged 33, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Charlotte Jane" [4]
  • James Mobbs, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"

Contemporary Notables of the name Mobbs (post 1700) +

  • Professor Stephen David Mobbs M.B.E. (b. 1958), British Director for National Centre for Atmospheric Science and Professor for Atmospheric Dynamics at University of Leeds, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Atmospheric Sciences [5]
  • Sir Nigel Mobbs JP (1937-2005), English Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire (1997 to 2005) and High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire (1982 to 1983)
  • Edgar Roberts "Mobbsy" Mobbs DSO (1882-1917), English rugby union footballer

  1. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  2. 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)
  3. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLOTTE JANE 1852. Retrieved
  5. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook