Colboleche is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having 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 Colboleche family
The surname Colboleche 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 Colboleche family
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Colboleche Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Colboleche family name include Cobley, Coblegh, Cobleigh, Cobligh, Coboleche and others.
Early Notables of the Colboleche family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Colboleche family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Colboleche surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Sarah Cobley who settled in New England