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Babe Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the personal name Baba (babe or bobe in Yiddish), from Slavic baba ‘grandmother’, ‘old woman’. This name was sometimes given to a tenderly guarded or seriously sick child. German: recorded in Eastphalia as a surname since the 15th century but of uncertain origin. In eastern areas of Germany the Sorbian (Slavic) word baba ‘old woman’ (see 1) may be involved; in the south perhaps a development from baby talk like Babo. Compare Baab Perhaps also an Americanized form of Baab, Baba, or some similar name.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Bobe, Baba, Babel, Bade, Mabe, Babb, Gabe, Barbe, Babu, Bake

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Where is the Babe family from?

You can see how Babe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Babe family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Babe families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Babe families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 67% of all the recorded Babe's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Babe families in 1840.
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What did your Babe ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Babe. 22% of Babe men worked as a Laborer and 56% of Babe women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Babe were New Worker and School Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    22%
  • Salesman
    17%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • New Worker
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleslady
    56%
  • Stenographer
    23%
  • School Teacher
    23%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Babe. For the veterans among your Babe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Babe lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Babe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1982, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Babe in 1962 was 82, and 78 in 2004.

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