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Early Origins of the Dearborn family

The surname Dearborn was first found in Surrey where the family trace their lineage back to Abernon listed in the Domesday Book having sprang from the fief of that name in Normandy. He was a tenant in chief in Surrey, giving name to Stoke Daubernon. [1] Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Guildford and East Mosely, held by Roger de Abernon or Arburnam of Abenon in Calvados, the Norman Baron.

Early History of the Dearborn family

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Dearborn Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Dearborn include Dabernon, Darbernum, Dabernoun, Daberon, Daborne, d'Arborn, Arborn, Arbon, Arboune, Arbouin, Arbernus, Abborne, Aborn, Aborne, Abourne, Aberon and many more.

Early Notables of the Dearborn family (pre 1700)

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Dearborn Ranking

In the United States, the name Dearborn is the 7,101st most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [2]

United States Dearborn migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Dearborns to arrive on North American shores:

Dearborn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Godfrey Dearborn, who arrived in New England in 1639 [3]
Dearborn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Dearborn, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dearborn (post 1700) +

  • Walter Fenno Dearborn (1878-1955), American pioneering educator and experimental psychologist
  • Emma Dearborn, American instructor at the University of Chicago who developed Speedwriting, a shorthand writing system in 1924
  • Arthur Kent "Ding" Dearborn (1886-1941), American track and field athlete and tug of war competitor at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Henry Dearborn (1751-1829), American physician, a statesman, veteran of both the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, 5th United States Secretary of War (1801-1809), eponym of Dearborn, Michigan, Fort Dearborn and many more locals
  • Matthew "Matt" Dearborn, American three-time Emmy Award nominated television producer, writer and director
  • Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn (1783-1851), American lawyer, author, statesman and soldier, son of Henry Dearborn
  • George C. Dearborn (b. 1858), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Lincoln, 1910 [4]
  • Frank A. Dearborn, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New Hampshire Governor's Council 3rd District, 1902 [4]
  • Eugene Langdon Dearborn (d. 1969), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1944 [4]
  • Clarence B. Dearborn, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Belmont, 1948 [4]
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Pemberton Mill
  • Mr. John C. Dearborn, (Deartoorne), factory worker in the Pemberton Mill on 10th January 1860 when the mill collapsed trapping 900 workers as rescue attempts continued into the night, an oil lantern was knocked over further engulfing the trapped workers in fire, he died

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook