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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Wildbore, Wildeboer, Wyldbore, Wilber, Wylber, Wyldebore, Wilebore and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1242 when William Wyldebar held estates in that shire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilber research. Another 290 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1307, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Wilber History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Wilber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wilber Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Wilber, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633

Wilber Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Wilber, who was naturalized in Indiana in 1848
  • J Wilber, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • T Wilber, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Donald Newton Wilber (1908-1997), American writer and spy
  • Doreen Viola Hansen Wilber (1930-2008), American archer, winner of the gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich
  • Robert Sage "Bob" Wilber (b. 1928), American Jazz musician


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  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Wilber Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilber 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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