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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Job Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Job. 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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Job Family Origin

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Job Family Occupations

What did your Job ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Job family was Tin Miner. The most common Job occupation in the UK was Labourer. 4% of Job's were Labourers. Labourer, Farmer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Job.

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  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Tin Miner


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Job Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 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 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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Job Life Expectancy

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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