The name Cobly is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived 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 Cobly family
The surname Cobly 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 Cobly family
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Cobly Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Cobly are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Cobly include: Cobley, Coblegh, Cobleigh, Cobligh, Coboleche and others.
Early Notables of the Cobly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cobly family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cobly or a variant listed above: Sarah Cobley who settled in New England