English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Nobland Green

Early-attested site in the Parish of Thundridge

Historical Forms

  • Noblen Green c.1825 O.S.
  • Clobehal 1294 SR
  • Clobbenhale 1296 Ass
  • Clobenhale 1344 DeedsEnrolled


Nobland Green is Knobbenhalegrene t. Hy 4, Knobnale grene c. 1500, Knobnall grene t. Hy 8, Nobnall green 1665Add , Noblen Green c. 1825 O.S., and was probably the home of Richard de Clobehal (1294SR ), de Clobbenhale (1296Ass ) and Richard de Clobenhale (1344Deeds Enrolled ). The first element should be compared with that of Clubworthy (PN D 159), where an unrecorded English cognate of the Danish klub , 'knoll,' earlier 'lump of earth,' is suggested. Cf. also Cornish dialect clob , 'clod or lump of earth,' In the Hertfordshire name we may have a personal name Clobba derived from this word, as suggested by the ME  spellings Clobben -. The second element is healh . The hamlet is in a far corner of the parish.