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

The name Bobian is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the village of Bobbing, a parish in the union and hundred of Milton, in the county of Kent. [1]


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bobian 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 Bobian include: Bobbin, Bobben, Bobban, Bobbing, Bobing, Bobins and many more.

First found in Kent, at Bobbing, a village and civil parish in the Swale district that dates back to c. 1100 when it was first listed as Bobinge. The place name literally means "settlement of the family or followers of a man called Bobba," from the Old English personal name + "ingas." [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bobian research. Another 403 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1500, 1637 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Bobian History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


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 Bobian or a variant listed above: James Bobin, who arrived in New York state in 1716.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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