Tobey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tobey family

The surname Tobey was first found in Essex where they held a family seat. Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the Priory of Thoby held by a Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Tobias (d. 726), was an early English divine, "Bishop of Rochester, is said to have been a native of Kent and to have been educated at Dover and Canterbury. He died in 726 and was buried in St. Paul's Church in St. Andrew's Cathedral at Rochester. " [1]

Early History of the Tobey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tobey research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1142, 1250 and 1275 are included under the topic Early Tobey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tobey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Toby, Thoby, Tobias, Tobey, Thobey and others.

Early Notables of the Tobey family (pre 1700)

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United States Tobey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tobey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Tobey, aged 35, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • E. Tobey, who settled in San Francisco in 1850
  • F. Tobey, who settled in San Francisco in 1851
  • F Tobey, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • John Tobey, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Canada Tobey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tobey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Edwin Tobey, who settled in Ontario in 1861
  • Byron Tobey, who arrived in Ontario in 1861
  • Almon Tobey, who settled in Ontario in 1861
  • Amelia Tobey, who arrived in Ontario in 1861
  • Christy A. Tobey, who arrived in Ontario in 1861
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Tobey (post 1700) +

  • Jami Tobey (b. 1974), American contemporary painter
  • Rebecca Tobey (b. 1948), American contemporary sculptor
  • Stephanie Tobey, American producer and actress, known for The Shower (2013), Stolen Innocence (2015) and Dog Park (2014)
  • William H. Tobey (1799-1878), American politician, Member of the New York State Senate (1862-1863)
  • Ray Tobey (b. 1965), American computer and video game programmer, best known for writing the first arcade-style combat flight simulator game, Skyfox (1984)
  • Mark George Tobey (1890-1976), American abstract expressionist painter
  • Kenneth Tobey (1917-2002), American stage, film, and television actor, known for Whirlybirds (1957), The Thing from Another World (1951), It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) and many more
  • John Williams Tobey, American architect, carpenter, builder and politician, Mayor of Neenah, Wisconsin
  • Franklin W. Tobey (1844-1878), American lawyer and politician, Member of the New York State Assembly (1872-1873), Member of the New York State Senate (1874-1877)
  • Edward Silas Tobey (1813-1891), American businessman, Postmaster of Boston, president of the American Missionary Association
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)


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