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Where did the Russian Zobel family come from? What is the Russian Zobel family crest and coat of arms? When did the Zobel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Zobel family history?

The Zobel surname is derived from the Polish word "sobol," which is a type of marten (the English word sable is derived from this source). It is generally considered to be a Jewish (E. Ashkenazic) name. One might expect the name to have been occupational for one who raised martens or worked with their fur, and it is quite likely that anyone in Russia working as a furrier in the era when surnames began to be used could have taken on this occupational name.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Sobol, Sobel, Zobel, Sobolewski, Soboliev and many more.

First found in Russia, where bearers of the name were found in early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zobel research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1636, 1722, 1580 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Zobel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Zobel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Georg Adam Zobel, who came to Philadelphia in 1750
  • Johann Wilhelm Zobel arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1751
  • Joh Wilhelm Zobel, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1751
  • Joh Wilhelm Zobel, who emigrated from Rhineland to Boston in 1751

Zobel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Anna Margareta Zobel, who arrived in America in 1840
  • Sophie Zobel, aged 48, landed in America in 1843
  • Christine Zobel, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1850

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  • Otto Julius Zobel (1887-1970), American design engineer
  • Joseph Zobel (1915-2006), French author
  • Hiller B. Zobel (b. 1932), Massachusetts judge and author
  • Rainer Zobel (b. 1948), football player and coach
  • Enrique Zobel (1927-2004), prominent Filipino businessman


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The Zobel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zobel 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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