The surname of TUBB was a baptismal name 'the son of Theobald'. Tubby was the pet form and the name is also spelt TUBBS, TUBBE and TUBBI. The earliest of the name on record appears to be TUBE (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Reginald filius TOBBE, was documented in Yorkshire in the year 1166, and Alan TUBBI appears in Norfolk in 1206. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but most of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name. Matilda TUBBB of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379, and Thomas TUBBE appears in the same document. Later instances of the name include Anthony Paul TUBB and Elizabeth Bushel, who were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1745, and John TUBBS and Maria Evers were married at the same church in 1748. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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