Multigen. Lobban businesses           Lobban streets           Lobban name on Mars

Multigenerational Lobban businesses

I have so far found three Lobban businesses that have been passed down several generations and been in existence for some hundred years. They are all mentioned in the family accounts on the Diaspora pages. The links below are to the businesses’ websites, if any.

Lobban McNally Lawyers, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, established 1898

Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, West Virginia, USA, established 1900  (There is also a Lobban Floral in Alderson, est. 1988.)

and, I think this flower shop was started by James Lobban in the 1920s or later, but no further info:
Lobban’s Flower Shop, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


Lobban/Loban name on streets around the world

A number of Lobbans and Lobans have been commemorated with street names in the places they lived. So far we have found these (list started by Gordon Lobban, continued by Chris S Lobban).  If any of the descendants can tell us the stories of who exactly these streets are named for and why, we would be delighted to include it. For most, we have at best been able only to infer which immigrant family they might relate to.


  • Lobban Avenue, Hebburn, Tyne & Wear, England, NE31 2LL
    (Named for Rev. Alexander Lobban [1874–1903], who for 21 years was minister of the Presbyterian church there, serving an expat community of Scottish shipbuilders. Story; and see Emigrants to EnglandTree.)
Lobban Ave., Hebburn, courtesy of James Goring.


  • Lobban Avenue, Chatham, Miramichi, New Brunswick.
    Appears in Google Earth but not in Canada Post Code search.
    (Probably commemorates Edward Lobban [1804–1877], m. Elizabeth Bryant, or one of their descendants. However, there was also Thomas Loban (1757–1817), m. Jane Brown, whose descendants’ names were inconsistently spelled in the Census records with b or bb; in the 1921 Census it was Loban. See Emigrants to Canada; tree.)
Lobban Ave., Chatham, NB; source Google Maps
  • Lobban Road, Abbotsford, British Columbia
    Appears in Google Earth but not in Canada Post Code search.


  • Lobban Lake, Saskatchewan; 59.68345°N, 109.5841°W
    (A small lake north of Lake Athabasca, Saskatchewan, just below the  Arctic Circle.)
Location of Lobban Lake in northern Saskatchewan. Source: Wikipedia.


  • South Lobban Avenue, Buffalo, Wyoming, 83834
  • North Lobban Avenue, Buffalo, Wyoming, 83834
  • Lobban Road, Hulett, Wyoming, 82720


  • Lobban Street, Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
    (Probably commemorates Gabriel Alexander Lobban [1839–1926] or one his descendants, perhaps Ida Lewis Lobban [1864-1955], born in Warrensburg, the mother of tycoon Everett Lobban Cord.  Tree.)


  • Lobban Lane, Wichita Falls, Texas 76306
    (Probably named after James Thomas Lobban [1885-1958], died in Wichita Falls or one of his descendants. He appears in dillichick’s family tree on (see also this Ancestry message thread), along with his father, Henry Clay Lobban [1857–1892], born in Silvercreek TWP, Randolph County, Missouri. They are descendants of John Lobban [1734-1822] of Virginia.)


  • South Loban Avenue, Colman, South Dakota, 57017
  • North Loban Avenue, Colman, South Dakota, 57017
    (These avenues probably commemorate Irving Andrew Loban [1882–1953], or one of his descendants, who lived in Brookings, SD and other places near Colman. Tree.)


  • Loban Street, Thursday Island, Queensland 4875
  • Loban Lane, Yarrabah, Queensland 4871  (near Cairns)
  • Loban Court, Ngunnawal, Australian Capital Territory 2913
    (These three probably all commemorate the Torres Straits Islander Ted Loban — see Public Eye page)

Lobban Street, Bethanga, Victoria 3691
(Probably commemorates Kenneth Lobban [1818–1895], pioneer in the Yackandandah area, or his son James Lobban [1852-1935]. who settled and died in Springdale, Bethanga. Tree.)

  • Lobban Road, Wingham, New South Wales 2429
    (Probably commemorates Alexander Lobban [1802–1876], pioneer in New South Wales, who died in Wingham, or one of his descendants.  Tree.)


  • Lobban Road, Monash, South Australia 5342
  • Lobbans Road, Mount Light, South Australia 5271
  • Lobban Court, Highland Park, Gold Coast, Queensland 4211

Lobban name on Mars

NASA collected the names of 2.4 million people, which were etched into two tiny chips placed on the InSight rover.  One chip contains 1.6 million names submitted by the public to ride along with InSight to Mars; one of those is Gordon Lobban, founder of   Engineers put the names onto these 0.3 in / 8 mm square silicon wafer microchips using an electron beam. The extremely tiny letters have lines smaller than one one-thousandth the width of a human hair. The coin-sized chips are stuck to the InSight lander deck and will remain on Mars forever. (Story)   Future genealogists will need an electron microscope to read that passenger manifest!

Gordon’s “boarding card” for the InSight probe to Mars.


NASA Tweeted this to the vicarious travelers on 6 Dec. 2018



Page created by Gordon Lobban and Christopher S Lobban, 17 Dec. 2018, updated 3 June 2019.