Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Laban, Loban, Lobbin
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Dr Christopher Lobban
The Lobban One-Name Study as registered with the Guild in 2018, is a continuation by myself (Christopher Simon Lobban) of studies conducted in the 1980s by my late uncle Alan (Lobban) Rudge, in collaboration with Malcolm Lobban, who has a manuscript book The Scottish Surname Lobban; Sydney Lobban, who has accumulated some 35 descendants trees of Scottish Lobban or Loban families; and Stephanie Logan Falls, a leader of The Logan DNA Project, whose ancestors were Lobans, and who compiled a list of Lobban/Loban baptisms and marriages from Scotland’sPeople. See link below to article in Aberdeen & NE Scotland Family History Society Journal.
I have taken as my starting point Alan Rudge’s set of hypotheses about the origin of the name in North East Scotland, i.e., that (1) The Loban/Lobban families in NE Scotland (an area occupying parts of modern Banffshire, Morayshire and Aberdeenshire -- see map) are a single genetic branch, (2) unrelated to the Lobans of Inverness, but (3) derived from a man from the Continent who arrived in Scotland about 1534 and “Scottished” his name to Loban. We are accumulating Y-DNA data to test these hypotheses, working with the R1b-U198 haplotype research group associated with Family Tree DNA. I have also collected Lobban family trees, and have attached them to my own via “placeholder” people, in keeping with working hypothesis (1) that we are all related.
Website live at https://lobban.one-name.net/
The registered variant names are Loban, Laban and Lobbin. We know that the Dutch Laban line originated from a Loban in the 1620’s. We know that the spellings of Loban and Lobban were used indiscriminately in the 17th and 18th Centuries and there were some other similar spellings before that. We also know that some Loban family names changed to Logan, Stephanie’s family being a case in point, and we suspect that this may have happened a number of times. Nevertheless, we are not researching Logan as a name; Stephanie is co-leader of a DNA Logan study group associated with Family Tree DNA, and they also maintain a Pre1800sLogans Yahoo Groups page. People interested in Logan should seek information there (link below).
Scottish legends suggest that the name Loban arose in the Inverness area in the 14th C., near Drumderfit, and that these Lobans populated the Black Isle area. These are the people I have mentioned as “Inverness” Lobbans. We are still trying to find some descendants of this group so we can test hypothesis (2).
As noted above, our working hypothesis is that the Lobans of NE Scotland are all derived from a 16th C. progenitor who picked up the Scots name, perhaps being similar to his.
There are scattered mentions of Loban in early records, and plenty of Church of Scotland baptism and marriage records, most concentrated in and around the old parish of Rothiemay. We also know that there were Catholic Lobban families, but these records have not been located.
(Source: http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org; data for UK)
The name is still found in Scotland and England. Descendants of emigrants from NE Scotland are found overseas in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and several parts of the United States. A large number of Lobbans are found in Jamaica, these seem to be former slaves of two Lobbans who held plantations in the early 1800s; many of these slaves may simply have taken (or been given) the name of the master, but there may also be genetic links.
Although some websites marketing coats of arms declaim the Lobban name as being from Devon, England, and even that "the surname is still largely restricted to County Devon," the 1911 England Census and 1939 England Register show few Lobbans even living in Devon -- and several of those born in Scotland! Similarly, no Devon Lobbans in maps generated by publicprofiler.org, cited above.
As of the beginning of the 20th C., records showed the following interesting pattern of Lobban vs Loban:
As noted under name variants, we know that the Laban family in The Netherlands descended from William Loban. One of these descendants, Jan Laban (1835–1921) and Francijna van Ijsseldijk (1832–1899), emigrated to the US in 1880. (However, Laban seems to be a name with multiple origins, the rest unrelated to the Scottish Lobban/Loban families.)
The DNA research, as noted above is being carried out within the R1b-U198 haplotype group at Family Tree DNA. The terminal SNP of the haplotype of our genetic branch is JFS0275.
My primary family tree is at https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/88594932
The ANESFHS article can be seen at https://www.anesfhs.org.uk/component/anesfhs/index.php?option=com_arismartbook&view=book&bookId=185#page/16
RootsWeb forum: http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php
Ancestry.com message boards for surname Lobban: https://www.ancestry.com/boards/surnames.lobban/mb.ashx
Pre1800s Logans group page: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Pre1800Logans/info
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