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Bob Name Meaning

Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): variant of Bobe . Slovak (also Bób Bôb) and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from Slavic and eastern Yiddish bob ‘broad bean bean(s)’ hence a metonymic occupational name for a grower of beans or a nickname for a tall thin man. Native American (e.g. Navajo) and African American: adoption of the English personal name Bob (altered short form of Robert ) as a surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Bobe, Bok, Box, Bor, Bobo, Bobek, Bou, Hoy, Bow, Goy

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Where is the Bob family from?

You can see how Bob families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bob family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bob families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 49 Bob families living in British Columbia. This was about 59% of all the recorded Bob's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Bob families in 1911.
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What did your Bob ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Bob. 52% of Bob men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Fisherman
  • Labourer
  • Logger
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bob. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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

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What is the average Bob lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Bob life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bob in 1957 was 46, and 81 in 2004.

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