Obly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient history of the Obly name begins in the Middle Ages in the northern coastal region of Normandy. The name is derived from when the family resided in the town of Aubin, in the province of Brittany.
Early Origins of the Obly family
The surname Obly 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 Obly family
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Obly Spelling Variations
Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Obly some of which are 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 Obly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Obly family
In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Obly were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Obly 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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- ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print