From "The Bobbitt Family in America"

Dan Bobbitt, b. abt 1578, Witnesham, Suffolk, England
John Bobbitt b. abt 1605, Witnesham, Suffolk, England
William Bobbitt, Sr. b. abt 1645-49, Glamorgan, Wales

UPDATED 06/06/2001

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What's in a name?     The Babbitt Name

The history of this ancient Suffolk family traces its ancestry as a family of origin before the year 1100 and appears first in the ancient records in Suffolk

    Allen Wade Mount, Sr. a Bobbitt descendent from North Carolina,and a scholar of our family history, who is at this time still working on the family history writes the following which is of interest to all Southern Bobbbits.
   The Bobbitt name is of Dutch Origin.  The name Bobbert  was brought into England by the Dutch during those very early years of movment from the continent.  Over the years in England the name became Bobbit or Bobbitt as we know it today

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The first "BOBBITT" to arrive from Glamorganshire, Wales in America was Edward Bobet in 1638. In 1643 he was listed as between the age of sixteen and fifty-four and lived at Plymouth. On Nov 19, 1652 he bought land from Jonas Austin in Taunton, Massachusetts. He then built a house before getting married in 1654 to Sarah Tarne, daughter of Myles Tarne of Boston.
On documents in 1660 and 1668 his name was spelled "BOBBITT"

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The English Sumame Bobbett means "Bob," son of Robert, the syllable "ett" being a diminutive.  Similarly "Babbidge" is supposed to derive from "son of Barbara".   "Bobbett" was a common family name in Suffolk and Devonshire in the middle ages.  
from The Babbitt Name

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It's got it's roots in Wales, if you descend from William (1649). However, there are records of Bobbitt's (Bobbet) from 1250. There is even speculation (I'm missing one integral link) that will connect the said William to a previous generation that will take the line back to 1300's, however, I'm still working on it, and no solid proof, so I don't like to get people's hopes up.

The story, as I know it, is William and his brother John (also known as Roger) were accused of Horse theiving in Wales and chased to England. They cleared thier names, and ended up sailing to America out of a Port near Glamorganshire, Wales, possibly even Liverpool. William sailed with his wife, Joanna Sturdivant, and his Brother as well, though his brother drops off the face of the earth as far as I can see, after they reach America.

I hope this helps you.

E-mail me if you'd like more info.


Josh Bobbitt

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by Mary Richardson   

According to page 1, The Bobbitt Family in America (by John W. Bobbitt, 1985):

"'Certain family traditions say the Bobbet name is of French origin, but there is no doubt that it is the old English name of Bobbet, this being the form used by the first Edward Bobbet who came to Massachusetts. It is a comon name of the present time and later immigrants to this country who settled in Virginia and North Carolina have kept the name in its original form and it is not an uncommon name throughout the south. The same person will frequently use several varieties of spelling the name in the same document. In New England the fifth generation almost all used the form of "Babbitt" which is still used in the New England states today.

'The English surname Bobett mean "Bob" son of Robert,the syllable "ett" being a diminu- tive. Bobbett was a common family name in Suffolk and Devonshire in the middle ages in England.'"

In 1981, I found the following Know YOUR Name article in the Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch:

"BOBBET, BOBBITT-This is an English pet name for the name Robert, which is from the Old German rodbert, meaning "fame-bright." Though many of the Old German names that couple an animal with a human characteristic do not appear to make sense at the present time, we must not forget that they made good sense to the Germans. Our Puritan names Faith, Hope, Charity, Temperance and the like would not make sense to the Germans.
Robert was introduced into England by the Normans and was later shortened to Bob, Rob, Hobb, Nobb and so on. The addition of the French diminutive ending -et and an additional b to Bob give the meaning 'little Bob' or 'son of Bob.'
Robert Robet or Bobet was living in Somersetshire around 1330.
Thomas Evines (Evans) and Elizabeth Bobitt were married at St. James's Chruch, London in 1668.
Samuel Shelton and Martha Bobbett were married in St. George's Chapel, London, in 1742, and
Henry Webb and Elizabeth Bobbet were married in the same chruch in 1753.
In Virginia William Bobbett was granted 96 acres in Charles City County in 1673 and William Bobbitt was granted 254 acres in Prince George County in 1725 on payment of 25 shillings. Lewis bobbit held land in Brunswick County prior to 1728."

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It seems I am a descendant of William Bobbitt, Sr. from Wales, England, who took a land grant in Virginia Colony.
However, the information I received in the past and the lists I find here confuse me.

My information states there were three brothers who came from Wales and took on the following names: Edward Bobbett, Robert Babbitt, and William Bobbitt.
Edward Bobbett & Robert Babbitt stayed in the north.
William Bobbitt went south to Virginia.
William Bobbitt had one son named Thomas Bobbitt, will was probated and recorded in Sussex County, Virginia in Record Book "A", page 116, on January 19, 1959 and he was married to Mary Hill.
Thomas had three sons: John, Randolph, and William; he may have had other children as well.

These three sons served with distinction in the Revolutionary War.
John and Randolph were to have moved to Pittsylvania County, and William moved to the western part of Virginia or what was known as the Valley of Virginia that included Rockbridge County and related areas.

The only other names I have been given dated from 1875-1959 which doesn't seem to be included in your genealogy -- at least when I've read of it so far.

I will have to see if the individual I received this from has found out anything more, but till then I thought I'd ask if any of the following names are familiar to you.

William Terry Bobbitt 1875-1953 Nannie Catherine Towler 1875-1951
Children: Lula Blanche Bobbitt Ola Lee Bobbitt Grady Haden Bobbitt Willie Albert Bobbitt Hullett Lloyd Bobbitt Henry Allen Bobbitt Jesse David Bobbitt Vernie Odell Bobbitt Melvin Arnold Bobbitt

My grandfather's name was David Albert Bobbitt and my father's name was Obed Bobbitt (born in Lynchburg, VA, I believe)


Virginia (Bobbitt) Jeffery

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Ken Slade

Ismel Bobbitt, born in Scotland, had a daughter named Frances Bobbitt. Frances married Lewis Westmoreland Jones in Rowan Co. NC. They had a son name Henry Coxton Jones, born 8 Dec 1814 in KY. ZHenry married Elizabeth Ann Simpson in Christian Co. KY

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According to references in; Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames by C.W. Bardsley,
and Welsh Surnames by T.J. Morgan and Prys Morgan.
The name BOBBITT is a variant of the Welsh name BOBYDD, which in turn is derived from the
Welsh name POBYDD, with the first recorded instance being in 1406.

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Being Welsh from both sides of the family, it seems Bobbitt is a variation on Roberts. The Welsh form of the Scots 'Mac' or the the Irish 'O' is ap. Hence Powell, which was ap Hywll (with many variations) or Bobbitt, which was ap Robert (or possibly Rhodri). Some Welsh names end with 's' (Jones, Hopkins) which means basically the same thing--Bob Jones would be translated as 'Bob, son of John. John Roberts would be 'John, son of Robert.' The 'p' in 'ap' would sometimes be changed to a 'b' over the centuries.  by Cheryl Powell    

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Allen Wade Mount, in his book "Our Bobbitt Family" wrote, "The Bobbitt surname is of Dutch Origin. Among the Dutch who came to England during the early days of immigration from the continent were those who used the name " Bobert".
p. 4, The Bobbit Family in America Book

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