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Dobbings Coat of Arms / Dobbings Family Crest

Dobbings Coat of Arms / Dobbings Family Crest

DOBBINGS is the name of an Irish family who were prominent in the affairs of Carrickferhus from 1400, when Peter Dobyn was constable of the castle. They provided a number of sheriffs and mayors of the city, and one of them was the Mayor of Waterford in 1460. This English surname was brought to Ireland by settlers. Its heaviest distribution is in County Antrim where families of the name were settled around Carrickfergus early in the 17th century, whence some of the name established themselves at the end of that century in County Armagh. At a much earlier date, at least from the 14th century, a Dobbyn family had made its home in County Waterford. Ireland was one of the earliest countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames; they came into being fairly generally in the 11th century, and indeed a few were formed before the year 1000. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during and in the wake of the Invasion of 1066, are nearly all territorial in origin. The followers of William the Conqueror were a pretty mixed lot, and while some of them brought the names of their castles and villages in Normandy with them, many were adventurers of different nationalities attached to William's standard by the hope of plunder, and possessing no family or territorial names of their own. Those of them who acquired lands in England were called by their manors, while others took the name of the offices they held or the military titles given to them, and sometimes, a younger son of a Norman landowner, on receiving a grant of land in his new home dropped his paternal name and adopted that of his newly acquired property. 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.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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