Joby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Joby is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal nameJob. The surname Joby 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 Joby family

The surname Joby 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 Joby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Joby research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1573, 1564, 1573, 1620, 1623, 1620, 1621, 1620, 1618, 1619, 1620, 1621, 1620, 1621 and 1623 are included under the topic Early Joby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Joby Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Joby have been found, including Jobson, Job, Jobes, Jobe and others.

Early Notables of the Joby 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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Migration of the Joby family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Joby, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Francis Jobson settled in Barbados in 1671; along with Nathaniel; Nancy and Margaret Jobson arrived in Barstable Massachusetts in 1822 with two children..


Contemporary Notables of the name Joby (post 1700) +

  • Joby Warrick (b. 1960), American Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who worked for The Washington Post and The News and Observer of Raleigh, N.C
  • Joby Talbot (b. 1971), British composer


  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)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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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