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Cobb Family History

Cobb Name Meaning

from the Middle English byname or personal name Cobbe, Cobba, or its Old Norse cognate Kobbi, which are probably from an element meaning ‘lump’, used to denote a large man. from a reduced form of Jacob.

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


Similar surnames: Lobb, Babb, Job, Corby, Corn, Dobb, Robb, Codd, Bobo, Hobby

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Where is the Cobb family from?

You can see how Cobb families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cobb family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cobb families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 224 Cobb families living in Massachusetts. This was about 19% of all the recorded Cobb's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Cobb families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cobb surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cobb ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cobb. 19% of Cobb men worked as a Farmer and 6% of Cobb women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cobb were Truck Driver 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

  • Farmer
    19%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Cook
    6%
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Census Records

There are 353,000 census records available for the last name Cobb. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cobb 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 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Cobb. 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 68,000 military records available for the last name Cobb. For the veterans among your Cobb ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cobb lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Cobb life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cobb in 1941 was 52, and 74 in 2004.

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