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.
Early Origins of the Sober family
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.
Early History of the Sober family
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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.
Early Notables of the Sober family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sober family to the New World and Oceana
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Sober Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Sober (post 1700)
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