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Dobbs Family History

Dobbs Name Meaning

English: patronymic meaning ‘son of Robert’, common in central England (see Dobb).

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


Similar surnames: Hobbs, Cobbs, Nobbs, Dabbs, Dobbe, Robbs, Dobbins, Abbs, Dabb, Dobry

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Where is the Dobbs family from?

You can see how Dobbs families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dobbs family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dobbs families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 34 Dobbs families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Dobbs's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Dobbs families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dobbs surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dobbs ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dobbs. 21% of Dobbs men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Dobbs women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dobbs were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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
    21%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

There are 94,000 census records available for the last name Dobbs. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dobbs 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Dobbs. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Dobbs. For the veterans among your Dobbs ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dobbs lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Dobbs life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Dobbs in 1940 was 29, and 73 in 2004.

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