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Kober Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from a derivative of the personal name Jakob or Yakov (see Jacob). German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Kober ‘basket’, Middle High German kober, hence a metonymic occupational name for a basket maker or perhaps a nickname for someone who carried a basket on his back. German (Köber): habitational name for someone from a place called Köben. Germanized form of Czech Kovár (see Kovar) ‘blacksmith’ or a cognate in another western Slavic language. Czech: nickname for a fat man, from kobero ‘pot belly’.

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

Similar surnames: Hober, Ober, Kobe, Tober, Kolber, Kobel, Koper, Koker, Kocher, Koller

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Where is the Kober family from?

You can see how Kober families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kober family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kober families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Kober families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Kober's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kober families in 1840.
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What did your Kober ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kober. 21% of Kober men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Kober women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kober were Salesman and Waitress.

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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
  • Machinist
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Maid
  • Waitress
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Kober. 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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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Kober. For the veterans among your Kober ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kober lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Kober life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Kober in 1944 was 25, and 81 in 2004.

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