An English surname, Hobbs, comes from the Middle English term ‘hobb’ which stood for the name Robert. The spelling variations for Hobbs include Hopps, Hobbes, Hobis, Hoppe and Hobs. In England Hobbs families reside across Wales and England. The greater percentage live in the southern end, especially in Kent, Somerset, Devon, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset. Many Hobbs families immigrated in the 1800s to Australia. In Scotland there is a scattering of Hobbs families across the region. Most live in Lanarkshire and Midlothian. Within the United States the states with many Hobbs families are New York, Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, Massachusetts and Missouri. Famous: Randy Jo Hobbs (musician), Talbot Hobbs (famed architect of Australia), Michael “Jock” Bowie Hobbs (champion rugby player of New Zealand), Ellis Hobbs (professional football player), Chelsea E. Hobbs (actress and singer from Canada), Anne Hobbs (tennis player from England) and Bruce R. Hobbs (professional jockey).