Aubyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Aubyn is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Aubyn family lived in Normandy where it was derived from the ancient English given name Albin, meaning white.

Early Origins of the Aubyn family

The surname Aubyn 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 Aubyn family

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Aubyn Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Albone, Allibone, Hallibone, Albin, Allbahn, Alibone, Allbones, Allbone, Alban, Aubyn, Aubyn, Aubin, Auban, Ellibone, Elbin, Ellban, Ellbone and many more.

Early Notables of the Aubyn 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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Aubyn migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Aubyn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • R S Aubyn, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Jane

Contemporary Notables of the name Aubyn (post 1700)

  • Sir John Molesworth St Aubyn,

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