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The COBB surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 63,739 472 0.024 236
United States (1880 census) 17,321 317 0.035 346
Change since 1880 +46418 -155 -0.011 -110
Other Countries
Australia 680 2375 0.004 42
United Kingdom 5,140 1225 0.011 112
Top States for COBB by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 5,324 455 0.026 255
Florida 4,757 375 0.030 298
Georgia 4,102 231 0.050 501
North Carolina 3,767 284 0.047 468
Alabama 3,554 171 0.080 799
Top States for COBB by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 3,554 171 0.080 799
South Carolina 2,699 203 0.067 673
Georgia 4,102 231 0.050 501
North Carolina 3,767 284 0.047 468
Maine 594 389 0.047 466


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called COBB live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called COBB represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called COBB in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a COBB by picking someone at random in Alabama than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of COBB

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the COBB surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the COBB surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of COBB in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 943 1.48
White (Hispanic) 765 1.2
Native American/Alaskan 414 0.65
Asian/Pacific 223 0.35
White (Caucasian) 45,937 72.07
Black/African American 15,450 24.24

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the COBB surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of COBB in historical publications

(origin: Local) A harbor; as the Cobb of Lyme-Regis, County Dorset, England.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

COBB. There is perhaps no monosyllable in any language that has so many distinct meanings as cob. It may he thought curious to enumerate them. As a VERB, it signifies, 1, to strike; 2, to pull the ear or hair ; 3, to throw ; and 4, to outdo. As a XOUN, it stands for — 5, a seedbasket ; 6, the material of mud walls ; 7, a hay-stack of small dimensions; 8, clover seed; 9, an Hiberno-Spanish coin; 10, a lump or piece; 11, a sea-gull; 12, the fish called the miller's thumb ; 13, a harbour, as the Cobb of Lpue-Regis ; 14, a young herring ; 15, a leader or chief; 16, a wealthy or mfluential person ; 17, a small horse ; 18, a spider (whence cob-web); 19, the bird called a shoveller. It has also many compounds, as — cob-castle, a prison ; cobcoals, large pit-coals; cob-irons, andii-ous; cob-joe, a nut at the end of a string ; cobkey, a bastinado used among sailors ; cobloaf, a loaf of peculiar form ; cob-nut, a Avell known dessert tr-uit — also a game played with it; cob-poke, a bag carried by gleaners ; cob-stones, large stoues ; cobswan, a very large swan ; cob-wall, a wall composed of clay and straw. The heralds in devising arms for the various families of Cobbe and Cobb, have as usual alluded to some of these objects; thus Cobb of Bedfordshire has fish (be they herrings or miller's thumbs), and shovellers in his coat; Cobb of Peterbridge, co. Norfolk, displays two swans (cob-swans) and a fish ; another Cobb of Norfolk carries two teals (? shovellers) and one fish ; while Cobb of Oxfordshire gives two shovellers and a (cob-) fisli. This however by the way. As to the sur

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to COBB

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as COBB.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

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Potential typos for COBB

The following words are slight variants of COBB that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.