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Early Origins of the Lobban family

The surname Lobban was first found in Devon or Oxfordshire. Lobb is a hamlet in the parish of Great Haseley, poor-law union of Thame, hundred of Ewelme in Oxfordshire, 1 and Lobb is also a small village in west Devon, near Saunton. 2

It is generally thought that the name was a nickname for someone who was a "clumsy fellow" from the English word "lobb." 3 4 "In Somersetshire the last person in a race is called the lob," 5 and as such the name was quickly scattered throughout ancient England.

However, there is another possibility; that the name was in fact, Norman in origin as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae had two entries for the family: William Lobes, Normandy, and Henry de la Lobe, Normandy. 6 In both cases, the entries were from 1185-1195 and points to the possibility the some of the family emigrated to England around the time of the Conquest (1066) while others remained. Indeed the early Devon and Cornwall entries seem to agree with this thought.

Early rolls list Philip de Lobbe held lands in Devon in 1242 7 and in Cornwall, "the name of Lobb was represented in St. Kevern parish a century ago, and a gentle family of Lobb resided in Kenwyn 200 years ago, where the name still remains." 8

Other early records include Adam Lobbe, Norfolk, who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 5 and Richard Lobbe, Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of Edward III) who was listed Kirby's Quest. 9

Despite these scattered early entries, today the name is generally understood Cornish and this is where we found the lion's share of notables and settlers.

Early History of the Lobban family

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Lobban Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lobb, Lobbe, Lob, Loeb, Loebb, Lobe and others.

Early Notables of the Lobban family

Distinguished members of the family include Emmanuel Lobb (1594-1671), pseudonyms Joseph Simons or Simeon, an English Jesuit and dramatist from Portsmouth; and Stephen Lobb (c.1647-1699), a Cornish nonconformist minister and controversialist from Liskeard, Cornwall. He...
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United States Lobban migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lobban Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Lobban, aged 20, originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Astoria" from Glasgow, Scotland 10
  • Robert Lobban, aged 55, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Arabic" from Southampton, England 10

Australia Lobban migration to Australia +

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

Lobban Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Alexander Lobban, Scottish convict who was convicted in Aberdeen, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 22nd July 1830, arriving in New South Wales 11

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  7. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  8. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  9. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  10. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from
  11. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook