Obley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Obley is an old Breton name. It comes from when the family lived in the town of Aubin, in the province of Brittany.
Early Origins of the Obley family
The surname Obley was first found in Brittany, in the north-western part of France where one can trace their origin to ancient Gaul and it is recorded in the form of Albinus as early as the year 538, in the city of Angers, capital of the former province of Anjou.
Members of this distinguished family were particularly involved in the affairs of the community in which they lived and, as a noble family of France, they contributed largely to the political, as well as the cultural, scene of the regions in which they settled throughout the centuries.
They were elevated to the nobility and this was confirmed with letters-patent and heraldic cap. The family prospered, expanded and some of them branched to Paris as the name appears in the year 800 in the cartulary of Cormery in Touraine.
Michel Aubin, born in 1638, son of Jacques and Jacqueline (née Cornilleau), was a French agriculturalist that travelled from Orne, France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Marie Prevost at Sainte-Famille on 11th June 1670. 
Early History of the Obley family
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Obley Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Obley is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Aubin, Aubain, Aubing, Aubein, Aubins, Aublin, Aubbin, Aubbain, Aubbing, Aubbein, Aubbins, Aubblin, Saint-Aubin, St-Aubin, St. Aubin, Obin, Obain, Oblin, Obing, Obein, Obbin, Obbain, Obblin, Obbing, Obbein, d'Aubin, d'Aubain, d'Aubing, d'Aubein and many more.
Early Notables of the Obley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Obley family
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Obley has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Obley were George Aubin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1874; Jacob Auby, who settled in Philadelphia in 1741; Maria Margreta Daubin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1795.
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