Lobe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Lobe family

The surname Lobe 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 Lobe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lobe research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1752, 1709, 1594, 1671, 1647, 1699, 1678 and 1763 are included under the topic Early Lobe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lobe Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Lobe family (pre 1700)

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...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lobe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Lobe migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lobe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andreas Gotthard Lobe, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1768 [10]
Lobe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bernard Lobe, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [10]
  • Carl Lobe, aged 22, who landed in New York, NY in 1878 [10]

New Zealand Lobe migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lobe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Charlotte Lobe, (b. 1869), aged 5, Cornish settler departing on 16th November 1874 aboard the ship "Rakaia" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 7th February 1875 [11]
  • Mrs. Charlotte Lobe, (b. 1853), aged 25, Cornish settler departing on 11th October 1878 aboard the ship "Piako" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 5th March 1879 [11]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lobe (post 1700) +

  • Robert Lawrance Lobe (b. 1945), American sculptor
  • Jim Lobe (b. 1949), American journalist and the Washington Bureau Chief of the international news agency Inter Press Service
  • William "Bill" Lobe (1912-1969), American Major League Baseball catcher and coach
  • Moses Lobe, Canadian founder of Lobe's, a grocery chain from Ottawa, Ontario in 1912, now part of the Metro supermarket chain
  • Mira Lobe (1913-1995), born Hilde Mirjam Rosenthal, an Austrian author
  • Kārlis Lobe (1895-1985), Latvian officer in the Imperial Russian Army, Latvian Army and the Latvian Legion, recipient of the Order of the Three Stars
  • Adolf Lobe (1860-1939), German jurist and member of the Reichstag in the Weimar Republic
  • Isaac Lobe Straus (1871-1946), American Democrat politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates, 1902; Maryland State Attorney General, 1907-11; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1908 [12]


  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. ^ Lowe, 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. ^ 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)
  11. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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