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The distinguished surname Hobley 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 Hobley is derived from Hobb, a pet form of the personal name Robert. The surname Hobley features a double diminutive formed from the suffixes -el and -in.

Hobley Early Origins



The surname Hobley 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.

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Hobley Spelling Variations


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Hobley 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.

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Hobley Early History


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Hobley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hobley research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1660, 1706, 1695, 1706, 1632, 1712, 1694 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Hobley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hobley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hobley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hobley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Hobley:

Hobley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Hobley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1843
  • Jesse Hobley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1843
  • Thomas Hobley, who landed in New York, NY in 1843

Hobley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edward Hobley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hobley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hobley (post 1700)



  • Alfred T. Hobley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1904, 1908, 1912; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1910 (3rd District), 1914 (5th District)
  • Albert T. Hobley, American Republican politician, Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1930

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Hobley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hobley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 9 October 2015 at 11:21.

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