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Where did the German Sobota family come from? What is the German Sobota family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sobota family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sobota family history?

The surname Sobota has several possible origins, both Germanic and Slavic. Firstly, the name Sobota may have originated with a nickname. It would stem from the Low German term "sobbe" meaning "drinker" or "alcoholic," indicating a heavy drinker. The surname Sobota may also be of toponymic origins, referring to a place where the original bearer may once have lived or held land. In this case the name is connected to Saxony, where Zobersdorf is located in the Elster region and a Grosse-Zöbern in the Plauen region. The name may also have patronymic origins, indicating the son of Sobota. The surname Sobota may then be derived from the old Germanic personal name Zobbo, whose origins are unknown, but was widespread in the Lower Rhine Valley. Or the surname Sobota could be derived from the diminutive of the Germanic personal name Sigiwin, from the Old High German "sigu" and "wini" meaning "victory" and "friend." Sobota could also be Slavic in origin, possibly a patronymic form of the Slavic personal name Sobieslaw, which is represented in German as Sobisch or Zobisch. The personal name is derived from the Old Slavic "sobe" meaning "take for oneself" or "sob" meaning "combat cooperative" and "slav" meaning "fame." Or the surname could be a short form or diminutive of the surname Sobotta, which is of Slavic origin meaning "Saturday" or "sabbath." The word usually referred to weekly markets which were held on Saturdays. Someone who attended that market on a regular basis may have been given this name.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Sobbe, Söbbe, Subbe, Zober, Zoberer, Sobotta, Soberg, Zobisch and many more.

First found in Saxony, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs. The name dates back to the 12th century when the name Sobisch was a Slavic ducal name in Bohemia. Germanic forms of the name were recorded later. Werner Sobbe was recorded in Rostock in 1300, Sobeslaus Wacker in Breslau in 1319, Goswin Sobbe in the Ruhr region of Westfalia in 1401, and Sigemunt Czober in Freiberg in 1467.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sobota research. Another 35 words(2 lines of text) covering the years 1382, 1411, 1552, 1553 and 1571 are included under the topic Early Sobota History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 125 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sobota Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sobota Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Louisa Sobota, aged 22, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893

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The Sobota Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sobota 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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