Auburn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Auburn was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Auburn family lived in Normandy where it was derived from the ancient English given name Albin, meaning white.

Early Origins of the Auburn family

The surname Auburn was first found in St. Taurin, Evreux, Normandy, in the year 980, as St. Aubyn. This distinguished name arrived with the Conqueror through Sir John Aubyn, and settled in Barnstaple in Devon, where he became a patron of Barnstable Abbey. The family were granted many estates and they were recorded under the name Alban in the Domesday Book.

Important Dates for the Auburn family

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Auburn Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Albone, Allibone, Hallibone, Albin, Allbahn, Alibone, Allbones, Allbone, Alban, Aubyn, Aubyn, Aubin, Auban, Ellibone, Elbin, Ellban, Ellbone and many more.

Early Notables of the Auburn family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Allibond (1597-1658), Master of Magdalen College School; Peter Allibond (1560-1629), an English translator of theological treatises from the French and Latin; Henry Albin (1624-1696), an English minister from Batcombe, Somerset who was...
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Migration of the Auburn family

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Auburn or a variant listed above: Thomas Allibone who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1813; Engel Albin settled in America in 1707.

Contemporary Notables of the name Auburn (post 1700)

  • David Auburn (b. 1970), American playwright awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • Auburn Lorenzo Pridemore (1837-1900), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1877-1897)
  • Auburn Lorenzo Pridemore (1837-1900), American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Virginia 9th District, 1877-79

Historic Events for the Auburn family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Roy A.  Auburn (1890-1917), American Seaman aboard the SS Curaca from New York, New York, USA who died in the explosion [1]

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Citations

  1. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
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