The surname ‘Dobson’ is of English origin. It is a patronymic of the name ‘Dobb’, derived from mediaeval given name ‘dobbe’, a pet form of the name ‘Robert’. The surname is especially common in Northern England and the Midlands. Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that the surname ‘Dobson’ and or it’s variant’s, date as far back as the fourteenth century were a ‘Isabella Dobson’, from the county of Yorkshire, England, is recorded on Poll Tax records in 1379. Historical archive’s have been unable to definitely determine the exact period of settlement in North America but It is believed that the forefather’s of this surname were part of the exodus of migrants that followed the Treaty of Peace signed in Paris in 1763, when great Britain obtained ownership of the whole of North America east of the Missisipi River excepting New Orleans. The chief reasons causing working class people to emigrate were, poor crop yields, high unemployment, and the misconception that America was a land of golden opportunity. It is has been estimated that after 1769 some 20,000 persons a year migrated to the …
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