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Where did the English Bobby family come from? What is the English Bobby family crest and coat of arms? 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 ancient roots of the Bobby family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Bobby comes from when the family lived in two distinct parishes in the county of Lincolnshire, each named Boothby.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Bobby has appeared 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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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bobby arrived in North America very early:

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. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Bobby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bobby Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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