Pairbourn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Anglo-Saxon name Pairbourn comes from its first bearer, who was a person with attractive, youthful looks, or someone who was noted as having been a beautiful child. The surname Pairbourn is derived from the Old English words fair, which means lovely, and bearn, which means child. However, the name Pairbourn may also be a local surname applied to someone from the settlement of Fairbourne in Kent or Fairburn in the West Riding of Yorkshire. In this case, Pairbourn belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Pairbourn family

The surname Pairbourn was first found in North Yorkshire at Fairburn, a small village and civil parish in the Selby district that dates back to before the Domesday Book when it was listed as Fareburne c. 1030. A few years later in 1086, the Domesday Book lists the placename as Fareburne [1] and literally meant "stream where ferns grow," having derived from the Old English fearn + burna. [2]

Important Dates for the Pairbourn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pairbourn research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1327, 1644 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Pairbourn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pairbourn Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Pairbourn has been spelled many different ways, including Fairbairn, Fairbairns, Fairbarn, Fairborn, Fairborne and many more.

Early Notables of the Pairbourn family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Pairbourn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Pairbourn family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Pairbourns to arrive in North America: Robert Fairbarn landed in 1763. William Fairbarn joined many of his fellow Fairbarns when he purchased land in Philadelphia in 1835.

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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