The English surname Dobson, also found in Ireland and Scotland, is a patronymic name, derived from the personal name Dobbe. In Ireland, the name is found chiefly in County Leitrim. The first recorded spelling of the name is Henry Dobbesone in the "Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire" in 1327. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1638 when Edward Dobson arrived in Virginia. Today there are approximately 18,000 bearers of the name Dobson living in the United States.


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