Attenbrough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Attenbrough family

The surname Attenbrough was first found in Nottinghamshire at Attenborough, a village and a suburb in the Broxtowe borough which dates back to the 12th century when it was listed as Adinburcha. The place name literally means "stronghold associated with a man called Adda or Aeddi," having derived from the Old English personal name + "ing" + "burh." [1] However, one of the first records of the surname was found in Cambridgeshire where in the year 1273, Alicia, Margeret and Richard Atteburwe all appeared in the Hundredorum Rolls.

Early History of the Attenbrough family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Attenbrough research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1680, 1719, 1680 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Attenbrough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Attenbrough Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Attenbrough has been recorded under many different variations, including Ateenborough, Atterbury, Attenbarrow, Attenborrow, Attenbrough, Attenbrow, Attenburrow, Addenbury, Addenborough, Addenbrow, Addenborrow, Atborough, Attborough, Atborow, Atbarow and many more.

Early Notables of the Attenbrough family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Attenbrough family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Attenbrough or a variant listed above: Thomas Attenborow, who settled in Virginia in 1657; Francis Attenborough, who arrived in America as an emigrant in bondage in 1738; James Attenborough, who was naturalized in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1882.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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