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Noble Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish (of Norman origin); also French: nickname from Middle English, Old French noble ‘high-born’, ‘distinguished’, ‘illustrious’ (Latin nobilis), denoting someone of lofty birth or character, or perhaps also ironically someone of low station. The surname has been established in Ireland since the 13th century, but was re-introduced in the 17th century and is now found mainly in Ulster. Jewish (Ashkenazic): Americanized form of Knöbel, a surname derived from an archaic German word for a servant. This was the name of a famous rabbinical family which moved from Wiener Neustadt to Sanok in Galicia in the 17th century; several members subsequently emigrated to the U.S. Jewish: Americanized form of Nobel. German: probably a Huguenot name (see 1). Possibly an altered form of German Knobel or Nobel.

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


Similar surnames: Doble, Coble, Nolle, Noblet, Nobbe, Noe, Molle, Roble, Sole, Hole

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You can see how Noble families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Noble family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Noble families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 968 Noble families living in Ontario. This was about 57% of all the recorded Noble's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Noble families in 1911.
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What did your Noble ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Noble. 39% of Noble men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Noble women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Noble were Farmers Son 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
    39%
  • Labourer
    8%
  • Laborer
    5%
  • Farmers Son
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Student
    10%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Stenographer
    9%
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Census Records

There are 464,000 census records available for the last name Noble. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Noble 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 51,000 immigration records available for the last name Noble. 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 64,000 military records available for the last name Noble. For the veterans among your Noble ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Noble lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Noble life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Noble in 1941 was 50, and 74 in 2004.

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