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Mobley Family History

Recorded in the spellings of Mobley, Moberley, Mobberley, Moberly, this is a dialectal locational surname from either the town of Mobberley in Cheshire, or from some now 'lost' medieval site called 'Moberleah' or similar. The name translates as 'the clearing (leah) with the assembly mound (gemot-beorg)' from the pre 7th century Olde English and possibly Norse-Viking of the same period. The place is foirst recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as 'Motburlege' and later in the year 1260 as 'Modberleg'. Local accents being extreemely 'thick' and spelling not being a strong point in any case, most early recordings of both place names and subsequent surnames often shown wide differences, even in the same rolls prepared by the same monk or cleric...

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