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Tobe Family History

Tobe Name Meaning

German: habitational name from a place in Thuringia called Toba. Frisian and Dutch: from a pet form of a Germanic personal name (see Tabbert 2), or from a derivative of the Biblical name Tobias. Japanese: variously written, usually with characters meaning ‘door’ or ‘earth’ for the first character and ‘department’ or ‘side’ for the second. None are common in Japan.

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


Similar surnames: Kobe, Tober, Tone, Tome, Toye, Thobe, Kober, Jobe, Bobe, Toby

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Where is the Tobe family from?

You can see how Tobe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tobe family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Tobe families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Tobe family living in North Carolina. This was 100% of all the recorded Tobe's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Tobe families in 1840.
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What did your Tobe ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tobe. 39% of Tobe men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Tobe women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tobe were Owner and Librarian.

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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
    39%
  • Farmer
    23%
  • Salesman
    17%
  • Owner
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    25%
  • Bookkeeper
    20%
  • Housework
    15%
  • Librarian
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 585 immigration records available for the last name Tobe. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Tobe. For the veterans among your Tobe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tobe lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Tobe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Tobe in 1958 was 62, and 71 in 2004.

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