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Hobby Name Meaning

nickname from Middle English hobi ‘hobby’, a small falcon, or from the same word denoting a small horse. habitational name from Hoby in Leicestershire, named with Old English hoh ‘spur of a hill’ + Old Norse býr ‘farmstead’, ‘settlement’.

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

Similar surnames: Hubby, Hamby, Godby, Holtby, Corby, Hoy, Sorby, Honey, Roby, Norby

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Where is the Hobby family from?

You can see how Hobby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hobby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hobby families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 36 Hobby families living in New York. This was about 42% of all the recorded Hobby's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Hobby families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hobby surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hobby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hobby. 28% of Hobby men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Hobby women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hobby were Salesman and Saleslady.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Farming
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Waitress
  • Teacher
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Hobby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hobby 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 Hobby. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Hobby. For the veterans among your Hobby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hobby lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Hobby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Hobby in 1953 was 51, and 81 in 2004.

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