Dobbs Family History

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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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Dobbs Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dobbs name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dobbs. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Dobbs Family Origin

Where is the Dobbs family from?

Dobbs Family Occupations

What did your Dobbs ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Dobbs family was Farmer. Agricultural Labourer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dobbs. The most common Dobbs occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of Dobbs's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Dobbs ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Dobbs Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Dobbs Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dobbs

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dobbs ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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