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Where did the English Bobby family come from? When did the Bobby family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bobby family history?

The name Bobby is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in two distinct parishes in the county of Lincolnshire, each named Boothby.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bobby are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Bobby include: Bobby, Boebi, Bothebi, Boby, Bobi, Bobie, Bobbie and others.

First found in Lincolnshire, where the name is associated with three locations called Boothby. Hugo de Boebi, also recorded as de Bothebi, was registered in Lincolnshire in 1190. During the Middle Ages the family in Lincolnshire included several prominent landholders, such as Osbert de Boby who was recorded there during the reign of King Henry III. Hugo de Bobi, Emma de Boby, and Walter de Boby were all registered in the county in 1273. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bobby research. Another 391 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1786 are included under the topic Early Bobby History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bobby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bobby or a variant listed above:

Bobby Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Alice Bobby, who arrived in Virginia in 1701

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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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