The ancestors of the bearers of the Coblay family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Coberley, Gloucestershire
which dates back to at least the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Culberlege and literally meant "wood or clearing of a man called Cuthbeorht." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Coblay family
The surname Coblay was first found in Devon
. The phrase "Uncle Tom Cobley and all" is an English expression of explaining "and all the rest" comes from the Devon
folk song "Widecombe Fair" chorus which lists a long list of people "Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davy, Dan'l Whiddon, Harry Hawke, Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all", and Whether the characters were real or not, it is unknown.
Early History of the Coblay family
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Coblay Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Coblay include Cobley, Coblegh, Cobleigh, Cobligh, Coboleche and others.
Early Notables of the Coblay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coblay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Coblay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Ellen Coblay, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN MUNN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849JohnMunnPassengers.htm