Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Tubb Name
Origins of Tubb:
This interesting nickname surname was listed in the spellings of Tubb, Tubbs, and Tubby, is of old French origin. It acquires from the special name Theobald also listed as Tebald, Tibalt, Teoband and Tibaut. Theobald formed from the Germanic components “theudo,” which means “people,” and “bald,” which means strong or brave, and has given start to a great many various surnames, containing as Tuddall, Tubbles, Dybald, Dipple, Tibbet, Tebbutt, Theobald, Tidbold and many more. The specific name was considered having been brought into England by supporters of William, The Conqueror, after the Norman Attack of 1066. The surname was first noted at the end of the 12th Century, and the following examples show the name improvement since then as Hugo Tebaud, in the 1202 Pipe Rolls of Lincolnshire. William Theobald, in the 1250 Feet of Fines of Suffolk, Simon Tebalde in the Rolls of Ramsey Abbey, in 1255, and Thomas Tubb, in the Poll Tax rolls of Yorkshire, in the year 1379. The classic story of the Middle Ages, “Reynard the Fox,” contains “Tibert”, the cat, and hence the modern-day “Tib” or “Tibbles”. Documentation from London Parish Records contains the wedding of Francis Theobald and Judith Conquest in February 1622, at St. Dunstan’s, Stepney.
More common variations are: Tubby, Tubba, Tubbe, Taubb, Tuabb, Tubbi, Tub, Tbb, Tubbey, Tubbeh.
The surname Tubb first appeared in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Kings of the Palace of Trengoff. Cornwall was a land set aside, a land of nature and ancient traditions, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they presented to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their character has shifted east into Devon, Somerset, and Dorset.
The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of Tomas Teobald, dated about 1199, in the “Pipe Rolls of the county of Gloucestershire.” It was during the time of King Richard I, who was known to be the “Richard the Lionheart,” dated 1189-1199. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.
Many of the people with surname Tubb had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Tubb landed in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Tubb who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Elizabeth Tubb, who came to Maryland in 1670. Elizabeth Tubb, who came to Maryland in 1670. William Tubb, who landed in Maryland in 1673. Mathew Tubb who settled in Virginia in 1673. Richard Tubb, who came to Maryland in 1675.
People with the surname Tubb who landed in the United States in the 18th century included Edward Tubb, who arrived in Virginia in 1701. Jacob Tubb, a bonded traveler, who settled in Maryland in 1728.
The following century saw more Tubb surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Tubb who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Daniel Tubb, who settled in New York in 1862. Alexander Tubb, Daniel Tubb, Eliza Tubb and George Tubb, all arrived in New York in the same year 1862.
Some of the individuals with the surname Tubb who landed in Australia in the 19th century included Alfred Tubb arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship “Pestonjee Bornanjee.”
Here is the population distribution of the last name Tubb: United States 1,930; England 1,361; Australia 496; South Africa 365; New Zealand 130; Canada 115; Scotland 66; Wales 56; Ireland 27; Venezuela 2.
Barry Tubb (b. 1963), is an American film and television actor and manager.
Edwin Charles Tubb (1919–2010), was a British science-fiction writer and manager.
Ernest Tubb (1914–1984), was an American country music musician and composer.
Evelyn Tubb (contemporary), is a British singer and musician.
Tubb Coat of Arms Meaning
The three main devices (symbols) in the Tubb blazon are the gurnet, beaver and chevron. The two main tinctures (colors) are argent and sable.
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) . In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper .
Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur . In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known . Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy .
Fish in great variety abound in Heraldry, many different species inhabit coats of arms , although truth be told many of the actual images are sometimes indistinguishable, being shown as a stylised, and easily recognised “trout” shape that a child might draw. The actual name used in the coat of arms may be some play-on-words or allusion to the family name, as in the famous arms of the de Lucy family, being “Gules, three lucies or”, this being an ancient name for the fish we call today a “pike”. It is possible that the gurnet has been used in this fashion, or it may simply relate to some fishing activity in the history of the family.
In the mediaeval period there was no real percieved difference between real and mythical animals, after all, much of the world remained unknown and who was to say what strange and magical creatures existed in distant lands? Nevertheless, real animals are perhaps one of the most common sights on coats of arms, especially animals of European origin. The beaver Is a typical example of these.
The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield , or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” , possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.