Chadbourn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Chadbourn begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the settlement of Chatburn in the county of Lancashire. Thus, Chadbourn is a member of the class of habitation surnames, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Chadbourn family

The surname Chadbourn was first found in Lancashire at Chatburn, a district chapelry and a township, in the parish of Whalley. This township is situated on the Ribble river and takes its name from one of the most distinguished characters of that time, St Chad (d. 672) a prominent 7th century Anglo-Saxon churchman and abbot of several monasteries; Bishop of the Northumbrians; and later Bishop of the Mercians and Lindsey People. The township has remained relatively small through the ages as by the end of the 19th century it had only 500 inhabitants.

Early History of the Chadbourn family

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Chadbourn Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Chadbourn has undergone many spelling variations, including Chadbourne, Chadborn, Chadbourn, Chadburn and many more.

Early Notables of the Chadbourn family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Chadbourn family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Chadbourn were among those contributors: William and Humphrey Chadborn who settled in New Hampshire in 1630; both of these gentlemen spelled their name with 'bourne' and 'burne' in addition to many registrations in 'born'. C. Chadburn arrived in San Francisco Cal. in 1850..


Contemporary Notables of the name Chadbourn (post 1700) +

  • James H. Chadbourn (1905-1982), American legal scholar and professor of law at Harvard University
  • Mark Chadbourn (b. 1960), English fantasy, horror and science fiction writer
  • Philip H Chadbourn Jr., Consul-General U.S. Consulate, Marseille, France


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