Bobbitt last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Bobbitt is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Bobbitt.

Meaning of Bobbitt

Derived from a pet form of Robert, meaning "bright fame," or a shortened form of a place name.

Bobbitt, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Bobbitt surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Bobbitt in America

Bobbitt is the 4873rd most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Bobbitt surname appeared 7,230 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 people would have the surname Bobbitt.

We can also compare 2010 data for Bobbitt to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 4873 4687 3.89%
Count 7,230 6,911 4.51%
Proportion per 100k 2.45 2.56 -4.39%

The history of the last name Bobbitt

The surname Bobbitt is an English name that originated in the medieval period. It is derived from the Old English personal name Robert, which itself comes from the Germanic words "hrod" meaning "fame" and "berht" meaning "bright". The name Bobbitt is thought to have emerged as a diminutive form of Robert.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the surname Bobbitt can be found in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it is listed as "Bobbet". This suggests that the name was already in use by the late 11th century in England. Over time, the spelling evolved to its modern form of Bobbitt.

During the Middle Ages, the Bobbitt family was primarily concentrated in the counties of Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the West Midlands region of England. Several place names in these areas, such as Bobbit's Hill and Bobbit's Farm, indicate a strong historical connection to the surname.

In the 14th century, a notable individual named John Bobbitt was recorded as a landowner in the village of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the famous playwright William Shakespeare. This suggests that the Bobbitt family had established itself as part of the local gentry by that time.

Another prominent figure in the history of the Bobbitt surname was Sir Robert Bobbitt, a wealthy merchant who lived in London during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the late 16th century. He made a fortune through his international trade ventures and was knighted for his services to the Crown.

During the English Civil War in the mid-17th century, a Captain Thomas Bobbitt served in the Parliamentarian forces under Oliver Cromwell. He fought in several major battles, including the Battle of Naseby in 1645, where he was commended for his bravery.

In the 18th century, a notable member of the Bobbitt family was the author and poet Elizabeth Bobbitt, who was born in Bristol in 1738. She published several well-received collections of poetry and was celebrated for her lyrical style and emotional depth.

Throughout the centuries, the Bobbitt surname has been associated with various professions, including farming, trade, military service, and the arts. While not as widespread as some other English surnames, it has maintained a strong presence in various parts of England and has also been carried to other parts of the world through migration.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Bobbitt

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Bobbitt.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Bobbitt was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 68.19% 4,930
Non-Hispanic Black Only 26.07% 1,885
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.48% 35
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.57% 41
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 2.17% 157
Hispanic Origin 2.52% 182

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Bobbitt has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 68.19% 71.74% -5.07%
Black 26.07% 24.57% 5.92%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.48% 0.33% 37.04%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.57% 0.46% 21.36%
Two or More Races 2.17% 1.27% 52.33%
Hispanic 2.52% 1.62% 43.48%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Bobbitt was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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