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

The Anglo-Saxon name Derbyshire comes from when the family resided 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.


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. Derbyshire has been recorded under many different variations, including Darbyshire, Darbishire, Derbeshire, Derbishire and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they 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.


Derbyshire Early History

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Derbyshire research. Another 419 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1307, 1332, and 1554 are included under the topic Early Derbyshire History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Derbyshire Early Notables

More information is included under the topic Early Derbyshire Notables 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 Derbyshire or a variant listed above:

Derbyshire Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

Derbyshire Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elliot, Francis, Henry, James, John, Thomas, and William Derbyshire, arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Derbyshire Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Derbyshire Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • P. Derbyshire arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1873


  • John Derbyshire (b. 1945), British-born, American writer, journalist and commentator, awarded the Euler Book Prize in 2004
  • Matthew Anthony "Matt" Derbyshire (b. 1986), English professional footballer
  • Andrew George Derbyshire, English barrister from a long line of Derbyshire lawyers in England
  • Victoria Derbyshire (b. 1968), British journalist and broadcaster
  • Paul Derbyshire (b. 1986), Italian rugby union player
  • Eileen Derbyshire MBE (b. 1929), British character actress, best known for her role as Emily Bishop in Coronation Street
  • Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001), British musician and composer, best known for theme music to the British science fiction television series Doctor Who
  • Mr. Anthony Muir Derbyshire (d. 1914), British Bedroom Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • John Henry Derbyshire (1878-1938), British two time Olympic gold medalist for swimming at 1900 and 1908 games


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.


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The Derbyshire Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Derbyshire 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.

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