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

When the ancestors of the Irby family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Lincolnshire, at Irby, from where they took their name.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Irby has been recorded under many different variations, including Irby, Irbey, Irbie, Irbye and others.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Irby research. Another 305 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1068, 1114, 1547, 1625, 1577, 1610, 1605, 1681, 1676, 1718, 1702, 1707, 1707 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Irby History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 87 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Irby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Irbys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Irby Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Walter Irby, who came to Virginia in 1652

Irby Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • William Irby, who was on record in Virginia in 1714
  • William Irby, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Robert Irby, also on record in Virginia in 1715

Irby Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Julie M. Irby, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Ellen Irby, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Robert F. Irby, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Gilbert Neville Irby, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1913
  • Pierce Irby, aged 31, who emigrated to America, in 1919


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  • Lee Irby (b. 1963), American novelist and historian
  • Kenneth Irby (b. 1936), American poet
  • Michael Irby (b. 1972), American film and television actor
  • Frederick Irby (1749-1825), 2nd Baron Boston, an English aristocrat and courtier
  • George William Eustace Boteler Irby (b. 1971), 11th Baron Boston
  • Rear Admiral The Hon. Frederick Paul Irby CB (1779-1844), Royal Navy officer, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk
  • John L M Irby (1854-1900), US Senator representing South Carolina, USA from 1891 to 1897
  • William Irby (1707-1775), 1st Baron Boston, a British peer and Member of Parliament
  • George Irby (1777-1856), 3rd Baron Boston
  • George Ives Irby (1802-1869), 4th Baron Boston

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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: Honor fidelitatis praemium
Motto Translation: Honor, the reward of fidelity.

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  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Irby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Irby 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.

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