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Dobson Family History

Dobson Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Dob(b) a rhyming pet form of Robert (see Dobbe ) + -son.

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

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

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Where is the Dobson family from?

You can see how Dobson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dobson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dobson families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 483 Dobson families living in Ontario. This was about 45% of all the recorded Dobson's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Dobson families in 1911.
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What did your Dobson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Dobson. 39% of Dobson men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Dobson women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dobson were Farmers Son and Income. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Farmers Son

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Income
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Census Records

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 Lists

There are 82,000 immigration records available for the last name Dobson. 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 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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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.

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