This interesting and unusual name is of Medieval English origin and is a dialectal variant of a locational name Cubley. From a place so called in Derbyshire. The earliest recording of this place name is to be found in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Cabelei", in the Feet of Fines of 1232 as "Cubbeleg", and in the Charter Rolls of 1255 as "Cubbelegh", and is derived from the Old English personal name "Cubba", and "leah", a grove, thus the grove of Cubba's people. During the Middle Ages when it was becoming customary to migrate from the place of birth to seek work elsewhere, people would often adopt the village name as a means of identification, thus resulting in a wide dispersal of the name.One William Cubberley married Sarah Campin on October 25th 1823 at St. Matthew's, Bethnal Green, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Sarah Cuberly, which was dated April 2nd 1695, St. Lawrence and St. Mary Magdalene, Milk Street, London, during the reign of King William 111 of Orange and England, 1689 - 1702. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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