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This interesting surname is ultimately of Greek origin, and derives from the Greek form of the Hebrew male given name "Tovya", Jehovah is good. The Book of Tobit (son of Tobias) in the Apocrypha was excluded from the Authorized Version of the Bible by the Reformers. Tobias prior is listed in the "Placenames of Essex" (circa 1142). Tobias Matthew was Archbishop of York; he had an eccentric son, always known as Tobie, a picturesque figure at the Court of James 1 of England (and V1 of Scotland) (1603 - 1625). The surname is first recorded in the latter half of the 13th Century (see below) and can also be found as Toby and Tobey, and William Toby is noted in the Hundred Rolls of Lincolnshire (1275)...

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