Show ContentsJobe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Jobe family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the baptismal nameJob. The surname Jobe referred to the son of Job which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. [1]

In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Jobe family

The surname Jobe was first found in Cumberland (Cumbria) where Joppe son of Joppeson was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1332. Later in the Yorkshire, Ralph Jopson was found at Whitby in 1382. [2]

As one would expect, the close proximity of the Scottish border led to movement north. "Janet Jobsone [was found] in Edinburgh, 1618, [and] Andrew Jobson was portioner of Wolfclyde, parish of Culter, 1650." [3]

Early History of the Jobe family

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Jobe Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Jobe include Jobson, Job, Jobes, Jobe and others.

Early Notables of the Jobe family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Francis Jobson (d. 1573), Lieutenant of the Tower who was apparently of Yorkshire descent. "He fixed his residence at Monkwike, in the out-parish of West Doniland, the reversion of which had been granted by Edward VI to his wife's half-brother, John Dudley, earl of Warwick. But the latter gave it to Jobson in consideration of large sums which Jobson had lent him, and of the care which Jobson had bestowed on his children. Jobson was knighted in the reign of Edward VI, and in the same reign was appointed surveyor of woods belonging to...
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Jobe Ranking

In the United States, the name Jobe is the 3,163rd most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [4]

United States Jobe migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Jobe were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Jobe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Miss Joan Jobe, aged  18, from England who arrived in Virginia aboard the ship "America" arriving in June 1635 [5]
Jobe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hanna Jobe, aged 18, who settled in America from Cork, in 1892
  • Lizzie Jobe, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Cork, in 1892
  • Catherine Jobe, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1895
  • David Jobe, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Ramsey, Isle of Man, in 1898
  • Sarah Jobe, aged 16, who landed in America from Cork, in 1898
Jobe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Richard Jobe, (b. 1856), aged 48, Cornish miner , from Redruth, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Philadelphia" arriving Ellis Island, New York on 10th July 1904 en route to New York, USA [6]
  • Tyler Jobe, who settled in America, in 1905
  • William Jobe, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Nicholas Jobe, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Mary Jobe, aged 55, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
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Contemporary Notables of the name Jobe (post 1700) +

  • Ben Jobe, retired American men's basketball coach
  • Brandt William Jobe (b. 1965), American professional PGA golfer
  • Kari Brooke Jobe (b. 1981), American Christian singer and songwriter
  • Walter Hall Jobe (b. 1872), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1928 [7]
  • James E. Jobe, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1896 [7]
  • Grace S. Jobe (1877-1942), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1924; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1932 [7]
  • Leisen Michelle Jobe (b. 1973), retired New Zealand field hockey player
  • Jobe Wheelhouse (b. 1985), Australian football player, he represented Australia in 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship

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  3. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
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  5. 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)
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  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook