The surname Cobb is of English origin. It is derived from the Middle English byname or personal name ‘Cobbe, Cobba’, or the cognative Old Norman ‘Kobbi’, both of which are probably from an element meaning ‘big, leading man’, used to denote a large man. It may also be an aphetic form of Jacob. In the Bible this is the name of the younger twin brother of Esau ( Gen. 25:26 ), who took advantage of the latters hunger and impetuousness to persaude him to part with his birthright ‘for a mess of potage’. The name is traditionally believed to come from the Hebrew ‘akev’, heel, and Jacob is said to have been born holding on to Esau’s heel. ‘Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times’ – Gen. 27, 36. The surname dates as far back as the eleventh century were a Leuric Cobbe is recorded in historical archives. The name has evovled through Kobbi, Cobbe, and Cobba, until the modern form we have today was reached. The name was brought to America by English immigrants. One of the first… Coat of arms: Sable, a chevron between three…
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