Lobley origins

 

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This page introduces you to the history of the Lobley name and the worldwide distribution of Lobley families.

A little History: 

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The name:  It is difficult to be precise about the exact meaning of many surnames.   However, I favour the theory that the name Lobley is a place name and is made up of two separate words:

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'Lob' - meaning a wooded hillside, and

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'Ley' - meaning a meadow

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The place:  The reason I favour the above explanation is that I am almost certain that the origin of the name 'Lobley' lies in North Yorkshire, to the West of Masham, near a hamlet called 'Ilton cum Pott and at a place called 'Lobley Hall'.

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Lobley Hall: a ruined 17th Century farmhouse, was built on land called 'Lobley'.  This  has been identified by a local historian as having been a 'mother village for the area and dates back to Anglo-Saxon times.   This is evidenced by the 'lynchets' or remains of ancient field markings on the hillside above the house.     I have visited the site on a couple of occasions.  A photograph of the location can be found in my 'Buildings' page, or by clicking here: Lobley Hall

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I have not discovered any Lobley families that actually lived in Lobley Hall, but they were certainly in evidence in the area from the earliest times.

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This site will take you to a current map of the area. 

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Clicking on the Old-Maps site  and searching for 'Ilton' in Yorkshire will bring up an equivalent map from the Nineteenth Century.