The surname Sobota has several possible origins, both Germanic and Slavic. Firstly, the name Sobota 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 Sobota 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 Sobota. The surname Sobota 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 Sobota could be derived from the diminutive of the Germanic personal name Sigiwin, from the Old High German "sigu" and "wini" meaning "victory" and "friend." Sobota 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 Sobota family
The surname Sobota 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.
Early History of the Sobota family
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Sobota Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Sobbe, Söbbe, Subbe, Zober, Zoberer, Sobotta, Soberg, Zobisch and many more.
Early Notables of the Sobota family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Sobota 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 Sobota Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sobota family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Sobota Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Louisa Sobota, aged 22, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Sobota (post 1700)
- Alexander J. Sobota, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1940, 1944 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html