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The surname Sober has several possible origins, both Germanic and Slavi c. Firstly, the name Sober may have originated with a nickname. It would stem from the Low German term "sobbe" meaning "drinker" or "alcoholic," indicating a heavy drinker. The surname Sober may also be of toponymic origins, referring to a place where the original bearer may once have lived or held land. In this case the name is connected to Saxony, where Zobersdorf is located in the Elster region and a Grosse-Zöbern in the Plauen region. The name may also have patronymic origins, indicating the son of Sober. The surname Sober may then be derived from the old Germanic personal name Zobbo, whose origins are unknown, but was widespread in the Lower Rhine Valley. Or the surname Sober could be derived from the diminutive of the Germanic personal name Sigiwin, from the Old High German "sigu" and "wini" meaning "victory" and "friend." Sober could also be Slavic in origin, possibly a patronymic form of the Slavic personal name Sobieslaw, which is represented in German as Sobisch or Zobisch. The personal name is derived from the Old Slavic "sobe" meaning "take for oneself" or "sob" meaning "combat cooperative" and "slav" meaning "fame." Or the surname could be a short form or diminutive of the surname Sobotta, which is of Slavic origin meaning "Saturday" or "sabbath." The word usually referred to weekly markets which were held on Saturdays. Someone who attended that market on a regular basis may have been given this name.

Sober Early Origins



The surname Sober was first found in Saxony, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs. The name dates back to the 12th century when the name Sobisch was a Slavic ducal name in Bohemia. Germanic forms of the name were recorded later. Werner Sobbe was recorded in Rostock in 1300, Sobeslaus Wacker in Breslau in 1319, Goswin Sobbe in the Ruhr region of Westfalia in 1401, and Sigemunt Czober in Freiberg in 1467.

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Sober Spelling Variations


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Sober Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Sobbe, Söbbe, Subbe, Zober, Zoberer, Sobotta, Soberg, Zobisch and many more.

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Sober Early History


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Sober Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sober research. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1382, 1411, 1552, 1553 and 1571 are included under the topic Early Sober History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sober Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sober Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent bearers of the family name Sober at this time were Engelbrecht Sobbe, who was a knight and Simon Sobbe, who was a "fishmaster" in a German religious order in 1382. Heine Sobbe was a gold smith...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sober Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sober Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Sober, who landed in New England in 1711
  • Georg T Sober, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • John Sober arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1767 with a lady, three children, and four servants

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sober (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sober (post 1700)



  • Ricky Brad Sober (b. 1953), former American professional basketball player
  • Bojan Sober (b. 1957), Croatian bass-baritone opera singer and manager
  • Olga Sober, Croatian opera singer and leading soprano
  • Sir Garfield St Aubrun Sober (b. 1936), AO, OCC is a former cricketer from Barbados who captained West Indies

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Sober Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sober Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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