MacPhilbin is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The MacPhilbin family lived in Sussex
, at the town of Pilbeam
, which is now lost to the map.
Early Origins of the MacPhilbin family
The surname MacPhilbin was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, the name is from some village in Sussex
not recorded in the Domesday Book
for that county. Although the first recording of the name only appeared in 1296 when Adam Philbin held estates, it is presumed there is a close relationship to the Burke family, and the Philbin, which later became Pilbeam, was descended from the grandson of Richard de Burgo(Burke,) Governor of Ireland
in 1219 whose name was Philipin. In Ireland
they were recognized as 'English' and some branches of this family adopted that name also. Others adopted the name MacPhilbin. Meanwhile, the main branch Pilbeam or Philbeam, moved back to Sussex
and settled there.
Early History of the MacPhilbin family
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MacPhilbin Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Pilbeam, Philbeam, MacPhilbin, Pilbean, Philbean, Pilbin and many more.
Early Notables of the MacPhilbin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacPhilbin family to Ireland
Some of the MacPhilbin family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 52 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacPhilbin family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name MacPhilbin or a variant listed above: Michael Philbin, who settled in Baltimore, Md, in 1834; John Pilburn, who settled in Texas in 1835; and David Pilbeam, who was recorded in the census of Ontario, Canada in 1871..
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)