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Type Surname (from given name)
Other Forms FormsCoban, Cobane, Coben, Couban
Meaning & History
This unusual surname is of Old Norse origin and is found particularly in Scotland. It derives from an Old Norse personal name Kobbi
, itself from an element meaning large, and the Gaelic bain
, denoting a fair person, with the diminutive ('little' or 'son of') form Cobbie