Dobson Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Dobson Family History

If you are conducting some Dobson family history research then you can view the Dobson coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Dobson surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'



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The Dobson ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.

Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.

Variants of the name Dobson include Dobb, Dobbing, Dobbison, Dobbs, Dobby, Dobeson and Dopson. This is a baptismal name of great antiquity meaning 'the son of Dobbe', which was a very ancient form of the name Robert. This name is usually of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. A famous bearer of the name was William Dobson (1610-1646), he being a portrait artist of renown in London. John Dobson (1787-1865) was an architect in the neoclassical tradition. He designed over 50 churches and 100 private houses, mostly in the northern part of England.

In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. During the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Ireland was colonized by the English Crown with this period marking the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. This period brought an influx of settlers into the country but, unlike the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century that resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.

The name is also much associated with County Leitrim. The Dobson family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Dobson descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Dobson Coat of Arms


Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
The Fess Denotes a Military Belt or Girdle of Honour
Wavy Often representing water
Fleur de Lis Representing Purity and Light. Is also the floral symbol of France
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