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Job Name Meaning

English, French, German, and Hungarian (Jób): from the personal name (Hebrew Iyov) borne by a Biblical character, the central figure in the Book of Job, who was tormented by God and yet refused to forswear Him. The name has been variously interpreted as meaning ‘Where is the (divine) father?’ and ‘Persecuted one’. It does not seem to have been used as a personal name in the Middle Ages: the surname is probably a nickname for a wretched person or one tormented with boils (which was one of Job’s afflictions).

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


Similar surnames: Jobe, Noe, Joy, Kos, Jo, Ji, Goy, Bow, Joa, Low

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Where is the Job family from?

You can see how Job families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Job family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Job families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 15 Job families living in Tennessee. This was about 21% of all the recorded Job's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Job families in 1840.
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What did your Job ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Job. 28% of Job men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Job women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Job were Truck Driver and 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

  • Farmer
    28%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    18%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
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Census Records

There are 36,000 census records available for the last name Job. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Job 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Job. 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 28,000 military records available for the last name Job. For the veterans among your Job ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Job lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Job life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Job in 1948 was 73, and 78 in 2004.

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