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

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Clibborn come from when the family resided 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.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Clibborn has been recorded under many different variations, including 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 Clibborn 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 Clibborn research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1364, 1475, 1660, 1600, 1677 and 1621 are included under the topic Early Clibborn History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Clibborn 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.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Clibborn or a variant listed above:

Clibborn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joshua Clibborn, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1796

Clibborn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eliza F. Clibborn, who sailed to New York in 1821

Clibborn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Clibborn, who was recorded in the 1871 census of Ontario


  • Judy Clibborn, American politician, Member of the Washington House of Representatives (2012-)
  • Stanley Eric Francis Booth- Clibborn (1924-1996), English Anglican bishop, Bishop of Manchester (1979-1993)
  • Commissioner Arthur Sydney Booth- Clibborn (1855-1939), Irish early Salvation Army officer in France and Switzerland


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.


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The Clibborn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clibborn 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 27 January 2014 at 08:47.

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