Noblett Surname History

Early Origins of the Noblett family

The surname Noblett was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Succeeding was Walter Noblet who held the estates in 1187.

Early History of the Noblett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Noblett research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Noblett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Noblett Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Noblett are characterized by many spelling variations. 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. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Noblett include Noblet, Noblett, Noblit, Noblitt and others.

Early Notables of the Noblett family (pre 1700)

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United States Noblett migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Noblett, or a variant listed above:

Noblett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Noblett who arrived in Virginia in 1698

Australia Noblett migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Noblett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Noblett, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1849 [2]
  • James Noblett, aged 36, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard" [3]
  • Jane Noblett, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"

Contemporary Notables of the name Noblett (post 1700) +

  • Tom Noblett, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Texas County, 1920 [4]

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CAROLINE 1849. Retrieved from
  3. ^ South Australian Register Friday 14 October 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Standard 1853. Retrieved
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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