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Dobson Coat of Arms / Dobson Family Crest

Dobson Coat of Arms / Dobson Family Crest

The name of DOBSON was a baptismal name 'the son of Robert'. Early records of the name mention Dobbe de Laungel, County Oxford, 1273. William Dobsone, County Norfolk, ibid. Family names are a fashion we have inherited from the times of the Crusades in Europe, when knights identified one another by adding their place of birth to their first or Christian names. With so many knights, this was a very practical step. In the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries the nobles and upper classes, particularly those descended from the knights of the Crusades, recognised the prestige an extra name afforded them, and added the surname to the simple name given to them at birth. Joanna Dobbewyfe, of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Robert Dobyson was documented in County Yorkshire, in the year 1507. The name has many variant spellings which include Dobbison, Dobyson and Dobbinson. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Lynn, County Norfolk. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. Frank Dobson (1888-1963) was an English sculptor, he was born in London. He was associated with the London group for many years, and was professor of sculpture at the Royal College of Art until 1953. His sculptures show an extraordinary feeling for plastic form, and his very individual style (with simplified contours and heavy limbs) is shown at its best in his female nudes. Amongst his best known works are "The Man Child," "Morning," and a bust of Osbert Sitwell. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.


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