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Early Origins of the Dobie family

The surname Dobie was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Dobie family

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Dobie Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dobie, Dobbie, Doby, Dawbie, Dawby and others.

Early Notables of the Dobie family (pre 1700)

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United States Dobie migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dobie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Janet Dobie, who landed in New Jersey in 1685 [1]
Dobie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Dobie, who landed in America in 1808 [1]
  • James Dobie, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847 [1]
  • John Dobie, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
Dobie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Matthew Hy. Dobie, aged 31, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Miss Caroline Dobie, aged 27, who settled in America from Auckland, N.Z., in 1904
  • William Dobie, aged 39, who landed in America from Dawson, in 1906
  • James Dobie, aged 25, who immigrated to America from Seatin Hirst, England, in 1907
  • David Dobie, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
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Canada Dobie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dobie Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Annie Dobie, aged 37, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1907
  • Samuel Jos. Dobie, aged 50, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1912
  • Samuel Dobie, aged 54, who settled in Haileyburg, Ontario, in 1917

Australia Dobie migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dobie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Dobie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dobie (post 1700) +

  • James Frank Dobie (1888-1964), American folklorist, writer, newspaper columnist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Gilmour "Gloomy Gil" Dobie (1879-1948), American college football head coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1951
  • Armistead Mason Dobie (1881-1962), American Democratic Party politician, Law professor; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, 1939-56 [3]
  • Richard Dobie (1731-1845), Scotland merchant who emigrated to Canada about 1760 and by 1764 was actively involved in the fur trade around Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes
  • Alan Russell Dobie (b. 1932), English actor
  • James Donald Mathieson "Don" Dobie (1927-1996), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Hughes (1966-1969)
  • Mark Walter Graham Dobie (b. 1963), English former football forward
  • Robert Scott Dobie (b. 1978), English football striker

The Dobie Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non minima sed magno prosequor
Motto Translation: I follow not trivial, but important things.

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) POICTIERS 1848. Retrieved from
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook