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Early Origins of the Mably family

The surname Mably was first found in Derbyshire at Mapperley, a township, in the parish of KirkHallam, union of Belper, hundred of Appletree. "The ancient Manor-house, a half-timbered building with gables, is now in three tenements." [1]

In the Domesday Book of 1086, this township was known as Maperlie [2] and literally meant "maple-tree wood or clearing," from the Old English words "mapuldor" + "leah." [3]

Mapperley in Basford located in Nottinghamshire is another point of origin for the family. One source notes that Thomas Mapurley was a considerable man at Nottingham in the reign of Richard II (1377-1399.) Originally known as Thomas Holt of Mapperley, Derbyshire, he changed his name to Thomas Mapurley to note his estates. He was under-sheriff of Nottinghamshire (c.1387-1391) and for period Member of Parliament for Nottingham in 1388 and 1391. He was Mayor of the Mapperley (1402-1403.)

Early English rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used through Medieval times. Today we typically need to look beyond the spellings of these entries and concentrate on on a phonetic sound of the entries. Richard de Maborlay was a Freeman of York in 1353 and Thomas de Mapurleye was listed as holding lands in Nottinghamshire in 1381. [4]

Early History of the Mably family

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Mably Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Maberly, Maberley, Mably, Mapperly, Mapperlie, Mapperley, Mabilie, Mabbilie, Mabilard, Mapilard, Mabbilar, Mabilar, Mabbiler and many more.

Early Notables of the Mably family (pre 1700)

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United States Mably migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mably Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Mably, who arrived in Boston in 1830
  • Francis Mably, who settled in Boston in 1830
  • Mr. Richard Mably, (b. 1875), aged 18, Cornish labourer travelling aboard the ship "Etruria" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 27th February 1893 en route to Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mably (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Luke Mably, English actor

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook