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Hoblay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The distinguished surname Hoblay emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin, which became very frequent in England during the 14th century. The surname Hoblay is derived from Hobb, a pet form of the personal name Robert. The surname Hoblay features a double diminutive formed from the suffixes -el and -in.

Early Origins of the Hoblay family


The surname Hoblay was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Hoblay family


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Hoblay Spelling Variations


Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Hoblyn, Hobblyn, Hobblin, Hoblin, Hobling and others.

Early Notables of the Hoblay family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Hoblay family to the New World and Oceana


In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Hoblay Christopher Hoblyn who settled in Barbados in 1685; Peter Hobling settled in Philadelphia in 1753.

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