Lynne Ingalls <Lynne.Ingalls(a)comcast.net> wrote:
Readers - can a Welsh speaker tell me the meaning of Ty Obrey? I know that
Ty means house, but what could Ty Obrey signify? On Google, I find it in
reference to a classification of rocks in Northern Wales. Could it be
referring to an area (location), or a house, or something all together
different? Is anyone familiar?
Both Reaney and Wilson (1997), and Hanks et al. (2000) give OBRAY as a
spelling variant of the personal name Awbrey (Aubrey).
Rowlands & Rowlands (1996) have an entry for AWBREY, an important
Breconshire family who arrived there with Bernard Newmarch shortly after the
Norman Conquest. They give AUBREY as a common spelling variant, "... while
one family became OBRAY in 19th Century Pembrokeshire".
I suggest the 'Obrey' in 'Ty Obrey' is a reference to this family name.
1. HANKS, Patrick, HODGES, Flavia, MILLS, A. D., & ROOM, Adrian (2002) "The
Oxford Names Companion", Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 0-19-860561-7
2. REANEY, P. H. & WILSON, R. M. (1997) "A Dictionary of English Surnames",
Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 0-19-860092-5
3. ROWLANDS, John & Sheila (1996) "The Surnames of Wales", Federation of
Family History Societies (Publications) Ltd., Birmingham UK. ISBN
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