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Survey of English Place-Names

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Cobholme Island

Other OS name in the Parish of Yarmouth

Historical Forms

  • Cobbeholm 1274 HR
  • (pasture callid) the Cobon 1539 YAM
  • Cobholm 1668 Paston'sMap


, Cobbeholm 1274HR, (pasture callid ) the Cobon 1539 YAM, Cobholm 1668 Paston'sMap , had emerged by the late 13th cent. from Breydon Water and was held to belong to Great Yarmouth although it was on the Suffolk side of the river Yare ( v. NRS 39 : 18 ) . The first el . may be the Eng word cob ' roundish mass, lump ' , etc . , assumed to be the origin of Cobb Do (DEPN s.n.) , which presupposes an OE  *cobb or *cobbe , related to Swed  kobbe ' round skerry ' ; the second el . is OScand  holmr , holmi , although the island has often been called Cobham Island .