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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kolbe

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Alt. Meaning

K is for keepsake, you treasure your memories.

O is for optimistic, look at the bright side!

L is for luxury, the luxury of your smile.

B is for beacon, you extend your friendly hand.

E is for eager, let's get started!

Notable Persons With the Last Name Kolbe

O.F.M. Conv. St. Maximilian Kolbe was a saint. He holds the title Religious, priest, and martyr. O.F.M. was born on January 8th, 1894 in Zduńska Wola. He passed away on August 14th, 1941.


Jim Kolbe is an office holder. Jim was born on June 28th, 1942 in Evanston, Illinois.


Cheslin Kolbe is a rugby player. Cheslin was born on October 28th, 1993 in Kraaifontein.


Fritz was born on September 25th, 1900 in Berlin. He passed away on February 16th, 1971.


Hermann Kolbe was a scientist in the field of chemist. Hermann was born on September 27th, 1818 in Elliehausen, near Göttingen, Kingdom of Hanover. He breathed his last breath on November 25th, 1884.


Winrich Kolbe is a television director and television producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1973 to 2003. Winrich was born on August 9th, 1940 in Germany. Winrich is also known as Rick Kolbe.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1989 8 0 8
1990 10 0 10
1991 14 0 14
1992 6 0 6
1993 12 0 12
1994 11 0 11
1995 13 0 13
1996 26 0 26
1997 26 0 26
1998 57 5 52
1999 54 0 54
2000 68 0 68
2001 110 8 102
2002 80 0 80
2003 83 5 78
2004 52 0 52
2005 35 0 35
2006 38 0 38
2007 57 0 57
2008 45 0 45
2009 56 0 56
2010 59 0 59
2011 50 7 43
2012 50 0 50
2013 56 7 49
2014 66 5 61
2015 69 0 69
2016 52 0 52
2017 53 8 45
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Kolbe

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Kolbe as a first name

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Popularity of Kolbe as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kolbe U.S.
  White 96.07% 64.26%
  African American 0.37% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.47% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.47% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.42% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.21% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kolbe

People with the last name Kolbe are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Kolbe

  • How Popular is the name Kolbe? Kolbe is the 8,879th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kolbe was the 15,386th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kolbe have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,316 babies born with the first name Kolbe in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kolbe to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kolbe? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1989 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Kolbe first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kolbe is Thursday, March 27th, 1890.
  • What year had the most people named Kolbe born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kolbe was in 2001 with a total of 102 babies.
  • Random Kolbe Factoid: According to the 2009 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kolbe is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2009.
  • Weird things about the name Kolbe: Your name in reverse order is Eblok. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lbeko. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kolbe? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,906 people with the last name Kolbe.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kolbe? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kolbe as their last name since less than 1 person in 154k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • 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).
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