Show ContentsChadbourne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Chadbourne date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the settlement of Chatburn in the county of Lancashire. Thus, Chadbourne 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 Chadbourne family

The surname Chadbourne 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 Chadbourne family

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Chadbourne Spelling Variations

Chadbourne has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Chadbourne have been found, including Chadbourne, Chadborn, Chadbourn, Chadburn and many more.

Early Notables of the Chadbourne family (pre 1700)

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Chadbourne Ranking

In the United States, the name Chadbourne is the 14,098th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Chadbourne migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Chadbournes to arrive on North American shores:

Chadbourne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Humphrey Chadbourne, who arrived in New England in 1631 [2]
  • William Chadbourne, who landed in New England in 1631 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Chadbourne (post 1700) +

  • Paul A. Chadbourne (1823-1883), American educator and naturalist
  • Joshua Chadbourne (1873-1959), American auto mechanic, businessman and apricot farmer
  • Glenn Chadbourne (b. 1959), American artist and illustrator
  • Eugene Chadbourne (b. 1954), American guitarist and banjoist
  • Chet Chadbourne (1884-1943), American Major League Baseball player
  • Lt. T.L. Chadbourne, American Army officer who was killed in the Battle of Resaca de la Palma, eponym of Fort Chadbourne, a fort established by the United States Army on October 28, 1852
  • Thomas Lincoln Chadbourne (1871-1938), American lawyer, founder of Chadbourne & Parke LLP in 1902, now a 400 lawyer firm, which operated from 12 offices, in ten countries
  • Joe Chadbourne (1883-1958), English professional footballer

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook