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Hobbs Family History

Hobbs Name Meaning

English (southern): from the Middle English personal name Hobb(e) with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. Compare Hobb .

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

Similar surnames: Hibbs, Mobbs, Nobbs, Robbs, Tibbs, Dobbs, Cobbs, Hobbins, Nobbe, Robb

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Where is the Hobbs family from?

You can see how Hobbs families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hobbs family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hobbs families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 377 Hobbs families living in Ontario. This was about 61% of all the recorded Hobbs's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Hobbs families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hobbs surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hobbs ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Hobbs. 38% of Hobbs men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Hobbs women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hobbs were Machinist and Stenographer. .

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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
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Servant
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 406,000 census records available for the last name Hobbs. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hobbs 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 28,000 immigration records available for the last name Hobbs. 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 59,000 military records available for the last name Hobbs. For the veterans among your Hobbs ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hobbs lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Hobbs life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hobbs in 1943 was 46, and 74 in 2004.

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