Cobb Genealogy
One of the many unpredicted effects of the Internet has been an explosion of interest in family history. There are many, many listings of Cobb lineage out there. Further down the page are some sites that will help you get started. Some are sponsored by genealogy software makers.

The Cobbs and Trafalgar
Learn about Cobbs in the Navy during the war to save Britain from French invasion.

The Cobbs of Kent

Cobb Family Tree
The hand-lettered Cobb family tree that has been in Stephen Cobb's family for generations is online as an image file. Many Cobbs in America today can be traced to branches of this tree.

About Cobb DNA
Learn about "Cobb genealogy" based on Cobb DNA. To learn about the Cobb Surname DNA Project, check out the Lindsay site (Cobb is one of several surnames allied with Lindsay).

About the Cobb Coat of Arms

The top part of arms is known as the crest. The Cobb crest is: a demi-leopard rampant on a ducal coronet. The motto, FUIMUS, is Latin, the first person plural past tense of the verb "to be" (as in, "to be or not to be"). The literal meaning is "we have been" but the real meaning is: "our presence has been felt" or "we have made our mark." Click here to learn more. Why is the motto backwards on a signet ring?

The Armorial Bearings
The coat of arms above is from the Royal College of Heraldry in England, registered to John Neville Cobb, a descendant of the 14th century Englishman, John Cobb of Kent, the first person in the tree that Stephen Cobb's family created in the 1950s. For more about heraldry and the "right to bear arms"check the links below:

The last of these links contains an interesting statement by the Garter King of Arms in England about the relationship between heraldic arms and specific surnames:

"There is no such thing as a Coat of Arms for a surname as a Coat of Arms belong only to the original grantees and their descendants in the male line." -- The Garter King of Arms

Whether you choose to accept this approach to history is up to you. As far as I can tell, the place called the College of Arms, in the place called England (which is not actually a country, but a geographical region of the real country known as the United Kingdom) has no rights in international law to stop people from simply displaying whatever images of a heraldic nature they find interesting. While I happen to be a "descendant in the male line of an original grantee," my interest is purely historic.

Cobbs and Genealogy on the Web

Personal Note: Following a family lineage across many generations is a great way to gain perspective on history, and oneself. I know that some of my ancestors have done good things, but undoubtedly some have done bad things. Hopefully, by learning more about these people and their lives, the future ratio of good to bad can, as time goes by, be improved. -- Stephen Cobb, 1996


This page updated September, 2006, by webbloke at © Copyright, 1996-2006, Stephen Cobb