Dobson Family History

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Dobson Name Meaning

English and Scottish: patronymic from the personal name Dobbe. This is also established in Ireland, notably County Leitrim.

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

Similar surnames: Dopson, Robson, Dotson, Hobson, Dowson, Dolson, Dodson, Donlon

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Dobson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dobson name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dobson. 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


  • Norway


  • France


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Dobson Family Origin

Where is the Dobson family from?

Dobson Family Occupations

What did your Dobson ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Dobson occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Dobson's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Dobson family was Agricultural Labourer. Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dobson.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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

Dobson Historical Records

What Dobson family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 326,000 census records available for the last name Dobson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dobson 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 82,000 immigration records available for the last name Dobson. 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 30,000 military records available for the last name Dobson. For the veterans among your Dobson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dobson Life Expectancy

What is the average Dobson lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Dobson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Dobson in 1942 was 51, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dobson

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dobson 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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