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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:
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:
'Lob' - meaning a wooded hillside, and
'Ley' - meaning a meadow
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'.
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
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.
This site will take you to a current
map of the area.
the Old-Maps site and
searching for 'Ilton' in Yorkshire will bring up an
equivalent map from the Nineteenth Century.