Home   |   Customer Service   |   Site Map   |   Name Search   |   How To Buy

Shopping Cart
0 Items
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - no headaches!
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2015

Where did the English Claiborne family come from? What is the English Claiborne family crest and coat of arms? When did the Claiborne family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Claiborne family history?

The ancestors of the name Claiborne date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Clayburn, a small parish in the county of Westmorland (now part of Cumbria). This surname was the local name for individuals who lived by the stream with clay banks.


Claiborne has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Clibborn, Cliborn, Cliburn, Cilborne, Cliburne, Clibborne, Clairborne, Claiborn, Claiborne, Clayborn, Clayborne, Claybourne, Claybourn, Clayburn, Clayburne, Cliburn, Cleburn, Cleborne, Cliburne, Cleburne and many more.

First found in Westmorland, where the Claiborne family held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claiborne research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1364, 1475, 1660, 1600, 1677 and 1621 are included under the topic Early Claiborne History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Claiborne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Claiborne family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 47 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Claibornes to arrive on North American shores:

Claiborne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Claiborne, who arrived in Virginia in 1621

Claiborne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Clarith Claiborne, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Mary Claiborne, aged 15, who emigrated to America, in 1894
  • E. B. Claiborne, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1895

Claiborne Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Maud L. Claiborne, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Francis Claiborne, who landed in America, in 1905
  • J.H. Claiborne, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Herbert A. Claiborne, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Eleanor Claiborne, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1913


  • Sybil Claiborne (1923-1992), American novelist, short story writer, and antiwar activist
  • Robert Watson Claiborne Jr. (1919-1990), American folk singer, labor organizer and writer
  • Thomas Claiborne (1749-1812), American planter and politician
  • Harry C. Claiborne (1859-1918), American lighthouse keeper
  • Christopher Ashone Claiborne (b. 1978), American football linebacker
  • William F. Claiborne (1860-1882), American outlaw and gunfighter in the American Old West
  • William Charles Cole Claiborne (1772-1817), American politician, best known as the first Governor of Louisiana
  • Nathaniel Herbert Claiborne (1777-1859), American nineteenth century politician from Virginia
  • Craig Claiborne (1920-2000), American restaurant critic, food writer and former food editor of the New York Times
  • Jerry Claiborne (1928-2000), American football player and coach



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus vincit invidiam
Motto Translation: Virtue overcometh envy.


Popular Family Crest Products
Claiborne Armorial History With Coat of ArmsClaiborne Armorial History With Coat of Arms
Claiborne Coat of Arms & Surname History PackageClaiborne Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
Claiborne Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage SeriesClaiborne Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
Claiborne Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chainClaiborne Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
Claiborne Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee MugClaiborne Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
Claiborne Armorial History with FrameClaiborne Armorial History with Frame
Claiborne Framed Surname History and Coat of ArmsClaiborne Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms
More Family Crest Products


  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  11. ...

The Claiborne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Claiborne Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 21 December 2012 at 12:15.

Sign Up

100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - no headaches!