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Bob Name Meaning

variant of Bobe. from eastern Yiddish bob ‘broad bean’, ‘bean(s)’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a grower of beans or a nickname for a tall thin man.

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


Similar surnames: Bobe, Bok, Box, Bor, Bobo, Bobek, Bou, Hoy, Bow, Goy

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Where is the Bob family from?

You can see how Bob families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bob family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bob families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Bob families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 57% of all the recorded Bob's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Bob families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bob surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bob ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bob. 36% of Bob men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Bob women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bob were Cropper and Cook.

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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
    36%
  • Farmer
    22%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Cropper
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    17%
  • Saleslady
    13%
  • Farm Laborer
    10%
  • Cook
    10%
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Bob. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bob census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bob. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Bob. For the veterans among your Bob ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bob lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Bob life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bob in 1957 was 46, and 81 in 2004.

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