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Job

First Name
3k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
2k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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Origin and Meaning of Job

"Job" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Persecuted". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Job
Senses
  1. A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
  2. A piece of chance or occasional work; any definite work undertaken in gross for a fixed price; as, he did the job for a thousand dollars.
  3. A public transaction done for private profit; something performed ostensibly as a part of official duty, but really for private gain; a corrupt official business.
  4. Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately or unfortunately.(Colloq)
  5. A situation or opportunity of work; as, he lost his job .(Colloq)
  6. A task, or the execution of a task; as, Michelangelo did a great job on the David statue.
  7. [Computers] A task or coordinated set of tasks for a multitasking computer, submitted for processing as a single unit, usually for execution in background. See job control language.

Note: Job is used adjectively to signify doing jobs used for jobs, or let on hire to do jobs; as, job printer; job master; job horse; job wagon, etc.

Etymology: Prov. E. job gob (n.), a small piece of wood, v., to stab, strike; cf. E. gob gobbet; perh. influenced by E. chop to cut off, to mince. See Gob

verb Job
Senses
  1. To strike or stab with a pointed instrument.
  2. To thrust in, as a pointed instrument.
  3. To do or cause to be done by separate portions or lots; to sublet (work); as, to job a contract.
  4. [Com] To buy and sell, as a broker; to purchase of importers or manufacturers for the purpose of selling to retailers; as, to job goods.
  5. To hire or let by the job or for a period of service; as, to job a carriage.
verb Job
Senses
  1. To do chance work for hire; to work by the piece; to do petty work."Authors of all work, to job for the season." [Moore.]
  2. To seek private gain under pretense of public service; to turn public matters to private advantage."And judges job, and bishops bite the town." [Pope.]
  3. To carry on the business of a jobber in merchandise or stocks.
noun Job
The hero of the book of that name in the Old Testament; the prototypical patient man.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A damaging piece of work ("dry rot did the job of destroying the barn" and "the barber did a real job on my hair")
  2. The performance of a piece of work ("she did an outstanding job as Ophelia" and "he gave it up as a bad job")
  3. The principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  4. The responsibility to do something ("it is their job to print the truth")
  5. A specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee ("estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars" and "the job of repairing the engine took several hours")
  6. A crime (especially a robbery) ("the gang pulled off a bank job in St. Louis")
  7. A workplace; as in the expression `on the job'
  8. An object worked on; a result produced by working ("he held the job in his left hand and worked on it with his right")
  9. A book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God about his afflictions and God's reply
  10. (computer science) a program application that may consist of several steps but is a single logical unit
  11. Any long-suffering person who withstands affliction without despairing
  12. A Jewish hero in the Old Testament who maintained his faith in God in spite of afflictions that tested him
  13. A state of difficulty that needs to be resolved ("it is always a job to contact him")
  14. Invest at a risk
  15. Work occasionally ("As a student I jobbed during the semester breaks")
  16. Arranged for contracted work to be done by others
  17. Profit privately from public office and official business
Wiktionary

From Latin Iob, from Ancient Greek Ἰώβ (Iṓb), from Biblical Hebrew אִיּוֹב (ʾiyyōḇ), related to אָיַב (ʾāyaḇ, “to be an enemy”) and אוֹיֵב (ʾōyēḇ, “enemy”).

  1. (biblical) A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
  2. A male given name
  3. An Old Testament and qur'anic character.

Job was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, German, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons With the Name Job

Job Cohen is a politician, rector, legal scholar, rector (academia), and jurist. Job was given the name Marius Job Cohen on October 18th, 1947 in Haarlem.

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Job Charnock was a colonial administrator. Job was born in 1630. He passed away on January 10th, 1693.

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Ayub Ogada is a musician. He was most active from 1979 to present. Ayub was given the name Job Seda in 1956.

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Job was a christian bishop. He was most prominent from 1589 to 1605. He passed away on June 19th, 1607.

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Job Shattuck was a notable person. Job was born on February 11th, 1736 in Groton, Massachusetts. He breathed his last breath on January 13th, 1819.

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Job Ndugai is a Deputy Speaker of the, for Kongwa, 7th Speaker of the, National Assembly, Member of Parliament, forKongwa, and National Assembly (Tanzania). Job was born on January 21st, 1960 in Tanganyika (territory).

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Job

Joseph-Désiré Job is a soccer player for the ASM Vénissieux, Olympique Lyonnais Reserves, Academy, Olympique Lyonnais, RC Lens, Middlesbrough F.C., FC Metz, Ittihad FC, CS Sedan Ardennes, OGC Nice, Al Kharaitiyat SC, Diyarbakırspor, Lierse S.K., and Cameroon national football team. Joseph-Désiré was born on December 1st, 1977 in Vénissieux, Rhône, France.

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Hector Zazou was a musician. Hector was given the name Pierre Job on July 11th, 1948 in Sidi Bel Abbès. He passed away on September 8th, 2008.

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Job was a christian bishop. He was most prominent from 1589 to 1605. He passed away on June 19th, 1607.

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Macarthur Job is a notable person. Macarthur was born on April 10th, 1926.

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Ignjat Job was an influential somebody in the field of painting. Ignjat was born on March 28th, 1895 in Dubrovnik. He left this life on April 28th, 1936.

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Thomas Job is a soccer player for the Budapest Honvéd FC, U.C. Sampdoria, U.S. Cremonese, Delfino Pescara 1936, Ascoli Picchio F.C. 1898, A.C. Pisa 1909, F.C. Grosseto S.S.D., A.S. Cittadella, Bologna F.C. 1909, Cameroon national under-20 football team, and Cameroon national under-23 football. Thomas was born on August 20th, 1984 in Douala, Cameroon.

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How popular is the baby name Job in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1891 6 0 6
1914 6 0 6
1915 6 0 6
1916 8 0 8
1917 7 0 7
1918 6 0 6
1919 9 0 9
1920 8 0 8
1923 6 0 6
1924 8 0 8
1925 8 0 8
1926 6 0 6
1929 10 0 10
1930 11 0 11
1931 9 0 9
1932 8 0 8
1934 10 0 10
1936 7 0 7
1939 5 0 5
1943 9 0 9
1945 5 0 5
1947 6 0 6
1948 10 0 10
1949 7 0 7
1950 8 0 8
1951 8 0 8
1952 9 0 9
1954 8 0 8
1955 12 0 12
1956 12 0 12
1957 12 0 12
1958 5 0 5
1959 7 0 7
1960 10 0 10
1961 10 0 10
1962 13 0 13
1963 11 0 11
1964 12 0 12
1965 10 0 10
1966 5 0 5
1967 17 0 17
1968 17 0 17
1969 9 0 9
1970 8 0 8
1971 15 0 15
1972 26 0 26
1973 29 0 29
1974 40 0 40
1975 35 0 35
1976 35 0 35
1977 25 0 25
1978 39 0 39
1979 26 0 26
1980 32 0 32
1981 31 0 31
1982 33 0 33
1983 39 0 39
1984 27 0 27
1985 30 0 30
1986 32 0 32
1987 46 0 46
1988 30 0 30
1989 40 0 40
1990 46 0 46
1991 56 0 56
1992 47 0 47
1993 51 0 51
1994 47 0 47
1995 60 0 60
1996 71 0 71
1997 73 0 73
1998 76 0 76
1999 87 0 87
2000 87 0 87
2001 66 0 66
2002 77 0 77
2003 80 0 80
2004 89 0 89
2005 75 0 75
2006 77 0 77
2007 72 0 72
2008 71 0 71
2009 61 0 61
2010 65 0 65
2011 72 0 72
2012 66 0 66
2013 68 0 68
2014 82 0 82
2015 87 0 87

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Popularity of Job as a first name

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Popularity of Job as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Job U.S.
  White 74.05% 64.26%
  African American 10.85% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 8.70% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.40% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.38% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.62% 16.26%

Of Last Name Job

People with the last name Job are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Job

  • How Popular is the name Job? Job is the 5,283rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Job was the 12,541st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Job have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,803 babies born with the first name Job in the United States. That's more than enough people named Job to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Job? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1891 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Job first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Job is Friday, December 12th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Job born? The highest recorded use of the first name Job was in 2004 with a total of 89 babies.
  • Random Job Factoid: According to the 1990 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Job is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 10 babies in California have the same name as you in 1990.
  • Weird things about the name Job: Your name in reverse order is Boj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Boj. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Job? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,470 people with the last name Job.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Job? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Job as their last name since less than 1 person in 119k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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What does the name Job mean?

Jis for jubilant, the upbeat you!

Ois for original, one of a kind!

Bis for brilliance, your vivacity for life.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.