Show ContentsDerbishire History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Derbishire surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they 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 Derbishire family

The surname Derbishire 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 Derbishire family

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Derbishire Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Derbishire include Darbyshire, Darbishire, Derbeshire, Derbishire and many more.

Early Notables of the Derbishire family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Derbishire family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Thomas Darbyshire arrived in Philadelphia in 1848; Elizabeth Derbyshire settled in Maryland in 1774; Elliot, Francis, Henry, James, John, Thomas, and William Derbyshire, arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..

The Derbishire 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) on Facebook