Origin, Meaning, Family History and Lobb Coat of Arms and Family Crest
Origins of Lobb:
Listed as Lobb and Lobbe in England, and Lobe in Ireland, this is an English surname. It has two possible meanings. The first and most likely is that it is geographical from the place called Lobb in Devonshire. It was recorded as “Loba” in the Domesday Book of 1086. The place name acquires from an Olde English pre 7th-century geographical term meaning a small slope. It appears to be borne out of the reality that the hamlet of Lobb is at the bottom of a slope. There is also a place of the similar name in Oxfordshire, listed in 1208 as “Lobbe,” but early documentations of the development of the surname shows that this place is an unlikely source for the new name. A second possible derivation of the name is from the Olde English word “lobbe,” which means a spider, and was used as an old nickname. However, there is little confirmatory proof to support this derivation. Previous examples of the surname documentations contain as Philip de Lobbe Book of Fees for Devonshire in 1242, and the London parish registers record the name that Theophilus Lobb, the son of Stephen and Elizabeth Lobb, named at Fetter Lane in August 1678. In Ireland, a family called Lobe and possibly Lube noted in Counties Kildare, Meath, and Cork from about 1690.
More common variations are: Lobby, Lobbe, Lobba, Lobbu, Lobbo, Lobbi, Lob, Lobbia, Loubby.
The surname Lobb first appeared in Devon where they held a family seat as kings of the castle. The Saxon impact of English history declined after the invasion of Hastings in 1066. French was the language of courts for the next three centuries, and the Norman rule overcame. But Saxon surnames remained and the family name first introduced in the year 1242 when Philip Lobb held estates.
The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Godric Lobbe, dated about 1130, in the “Early London Particular names record.” It was during the time of King Henry I, who was known to be the “The Lion of Justice,” dated 1100-1135. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation.
Many of the people with surname Lobb had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Lobb settled in the United States in two different centuries respectively in the 17th, and 18th. Some of the people with the name Lobb who settled in the United States in the 17th century included William Lobb, who arrived in Virginia in 1666. Christopher Lobb, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1686.
Some of the people with the surname Lobb who settled in the United States in the 18th century included Benjamin Lobb who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1726.
Some of the people with the surname Lobb who settled in Australia in the 19th century included Jane Lobb arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship “William Money.” Jane Lobb arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “William Money” in 1849. James Lobb arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship “Marshall Bennett.” James Lobb arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship “Clara.”
Some of the people with the surname Lobb who settled in New Zealand in the 19th century included William John Lobb arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship “Cartvale” in 1874. Grace Lobb arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship “Cartvale” in 1874. Joseph Lobb arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship “Rakaia” in 1879.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Lobb: United States 2,410; England 1,167; Australia 717; Canada 693; New Zealand 469; South Africa 365; Slovakia 124; France 110; Wales 68; Scotland 53.
Arthur Lobb (1871–1928), was a political leader in Manitoba, Canada.
Ben Lobb (born 1976), is a Canadian politician from Huron—Bruce.
Bryan Lobb (1931–2000), was a British cricket player.
Dan Lobb (born 1974), is a British television sports announcer.
John Lobb (c.1866), was the founder of the company John Lobb Bootmaker.
Ken Lobb (born 1960), is an American video game developer.
Stephen Lobb (c.1647–1699), was an English minister and controversialist.
Lobb Coat of Arms Meaning
The main device (symbol) in the Lobb blazon is the lion’s combatant. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and argent.
Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).3A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 7Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 8Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 9A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 10The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.The variation of lions combattant refers to two lions rampant, face to face as if in combat. 11A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:lion