Darbyshire History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Darbyshire name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Lancashire. While one might expect the name to originate in Derbyshire, the first records were indeed found in Lancashire. In England the name is pronounced "Darbyshire" regardless of the spelling.

Early Origins of the Darbyshire family

The surname Darbyshire was first found in Lancashire where the Lay Subsidy Rolls of 1332 list: Adam de Derbyshire and Robert de Derbyshire as holding lands there at that time. Years later, Idonia Darbyschyre was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [1]

"As might be expected, we find a good number of instances in such a large neighbouring centre as Manchester. The American variant Derbyzier is a curious one." [1]

Early History of the Darbyshire family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Darbyshire research. Another 234 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1203, 1307, 1554, 1518, 1604, 1544, 1553 and 1556 are included under the topic Early Darbyshire History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Darbyshire Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Darbyshire were recorded, including Darbyshire, Darbishire, Derbeshire, Derbishire and many more.

Early Notables of the Darbyshire family (pre 1700)

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Darbyshire Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Darbyshire migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Darbyshire family emigrate to North America:

Darbyshire Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Darbyshire, who arrived in Maryland in 1678-1679 [2]
Darbyshire Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jonathan Darbyshire, who landed in America in 1764 [2]
  • Matthew Darbyshire, who arrived in New York in 1795 [2]
Darbyshire Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Darbyshire, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Thomas Darbyshire, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1848

Canada Darbyshire migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Darbyshire Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Darbyshire U.E. who arrived at Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was a crew member aboard "Miranda" he is also listed as a passenger aboard "Cyrus" in 1783 from New York to Saint John River [3]
  • Mr. John Darbyshire U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 was a passenger aboard "Cyrus" on August 21, 1783 from New York to Saint John River [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Darbyshire (post 1700) +

  • C. W. Darbyshire, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives, 1937-40 (57th District 1937-38, 44th District 1939-40) [4]
  • Maureen Darbyshire, English actress
  • Thomas Darbyshire (1518-1604), English churchman and Jesuit
  • George Christian Darbyshire (1820-1898), English and Australian civil engineer
  • John Russell Darbyshire (1880-1948), Anglican priest
  • Sam Darbyshire (b. 1989), English television actor
  • Alfred Darbyshire (1839-1908), English architect
  • Mrs. Joan Elizabeth Darbyshire B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for charitable services [5]
  • Michael Darbyshire (1917-1979), British television actor
  • Janet Howard Darbyshire CBE, British epidemiologist and science administrator


The Darbyshire Motto +

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: Ubi amor ibi fides
Motto Translation: Where there is love there is faith.


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1


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