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Where did the English Clayborne family come from? What is the English Clayborne family crest and coat of arms? When did the Clayborne family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Clayborne family history?

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Clayborne surname lived in Clayburn, a small parish in the county of Westmorland (now part of Cumbria). This surname was the local name for individuals who lived by the stream with clay banks.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Clayborne are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Clayborne include: Clibborn, Cliborn, Cliburn, Cilborne, Cliburne, Clibborne, Clairborne, Claiborn, Claiborne, Clayborn, Clayborne, Claybourne, Claybourn, Clayburn, Clayburne, Cliburn, Cleburn, Cleborne, Cliburne, Cleburne and many more.

First found in Westmorland, where the Clayborne family held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clayborne research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1364, 1475, 1660, 1600, 1677 and 1621 are included under the topic Early Clayborne History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clayborne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Clayborne family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 47 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Clayborne or a variant listed above:

Clayborne Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Clayborne, who landed in Virginia in 1621
  • Edward Clayborne settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Edward Clayborne, who arrived in Virginia in 1636

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus vincit invidiam
Motto Translation: Virtue overcometh envy.

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The Clayborne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clayborne Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 30 October 2012 at 10:12.

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