Coat of Arms
from Motburlege to Mobley

Welcome to Mobley Heritage Publishing

A resource for researchers of the surnames Mobberley, Moberly, Mobley and variants in the UK

Name Origin

Today’s low frequency surnames in the UK include variants of the surname Mobberley, originating from the historic location of Mobberley north east of Knutsford in east Cheshire. Following the Norman Conquest, the Domesday Book of 1086 recorded the ancient meeting place (the moot burgh) as ‘Motburlege’ meaning ‘meeting place in the clearing’. The first element ‘mot’ is French for ‘word’ pronounced ‘Mo’, the first element of variants with a single ‘b’ also usually pronounced ‘Mo’ .The surname Mobberley is pronounced Mob-ber-ley.

Early History



'from Motburlege to Mobley'

This book is based on notes made during my early years of research and contains a catalogue of names and dates up to 1841.

ISBN: 0-954637-0-5

Price: £4.95 + £1.65 p&p (please contact us for overseas price)

The book

Mobberley to Mobley Heritage CD

2016 Edition - A resource packed with additional information


  • Name Origin
  • Migration Data
  • Mobberley's of North Worcestershire from c.1550
  • Population Statistics 1881-1920-1979-1995-2000
  • Extract from 'Doctor Moberly's Mint-Mark - A Study of Winchester College' by Christopher Dilke
  • 'from Motburlege to Mobley' Addendum

Also a searchable database of over 3000 entries from 1550 in PDF, doc and csv formats including:

  • Moberly's & Mobleys of Oxfordshire from 1607
  • Birth-Marriage-Death Registrations from 1837
  • Church of England Clergy Lists 1538-1858
  • Crockford's Clerical Directories from 1859
  • Who's Who Entries from 1859
  • Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage Entries
  • Army Lists 1900
  • World War I Deaths
  • World War II Deaths
  • 19th Century Trade Directory Entries

Price: £8.45 + £1.30 p&p (please contact us for overseas price)


'A Place Called Catshill'

My book contains 31 photographs, some of which have never been published before, and covers local geology and environment, early history and industry including a lengthy account of nailmaking. There is a mass of detail about Catshill’s chapels and churches, education and the old dialect, village road names, pubs and shops, a chapter on the Houseman family and much more. The Appendix includes the names of property owners listed in the 1690 Poll Tax, the 1837/8 Register of Electors, Principal traders in 1911 and nail makers of the early 1900’s.

This limited edition is out of print but now available on CD.

CD Price: £8.95 + £1.30 p&p.


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