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Early Origins of the Desborough family

The surname Desborough was first found in Northumberland at Desborough, a town and parish in the union of Kettering, hundred of Rothwell. The parish dates back to at least the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Dereburg. [1]

By 1166, the place name had evolved into Deresburc and literally meant "stronghold or fortress of a man called Deor," having derived from the Old English personal name + "burgh." [2]

One of the first records of the surname was found in 1216 when John de Desburgh held estates in the area. St Giles Church is the oldest surviving building in the town and was built around 1225 AD. It is believed to stand on the site of an earlier Saxon church. The Old Manor House dates back to the late 17th-century origins and was held by Ferdinando Poulton, a Roman Catholic lawyer and Lord of the Manor; he was reputedly one of the Gunpowder Plot conspirators.

Early History of the Desborough family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Desborough research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1363, 1584, 1455, 1487, 1831, 1835, 1608 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Desborough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Desborough Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Desbrorough, Desburgh, Desbrow, Desbro, Deseborough, Desebrow, Deseburgh, Desebrow, Disborough, Disbrow, Disbrough, Desbrough, Disbro and many more.

Early Notables of the Desborough family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Desborough (1608-1680), spelt John Disbrowe and John Desborow, of Eltisley, Cambridgeshire, an English soldier and politician who supported the parliamentary cause during the English Civil War. He was the second son of James Desborough...
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United States Desborough migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Desborough Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Desborough, who landed in New Haven, Connecticut in 1637 [3]
  • Samuel Desborough, who arrived in New Haven, Connecticut in 1639 [3]
Desborough Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John, Desborough Jr., who arrived in Georgia in 1738 [3]
  • William Desborough, who landed in America in 1760-1763 [3]
Desborough Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edward Desborough, aged 40, who landed in America from Wolverhampton, England, in 1907
  • George James Desborough, aged 43, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Herbert Desborough, aged 2, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Mrs. Arthur Desborough, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States from Norton, England, in 1908
  • Arthur Desborough, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States from Norton, England, in 1908
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Australia Desborough migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Desborough Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Desborough, English convict who was convicted in Ely (Isle of Ely), Cambridgeshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 20th August 1830, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Desborough (post 1700) +

  • Edward G. Desborough, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 11th District, 1974 [5]
  • James Desborough (b. 1972), English news reporter, Show business Reporter Of The Year at the 2009 British Press Awards
  • Natasha Desborough (b. 1974), English radio presenter, author, DJ, and radio and television producer
  • Bree Desborough (b. 1979), Australian actress, best known for her role as Justine Welles in the soap opera Home and Away
  • William Desborough Cooley (d. 1883), English geographer, elected a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London in 1830, and was made an honorary free member in 1864 [6]
  • Charles Desborough Burnell (1876-1969), British rower

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th February 2021). Retrieved from
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, April 12) Edward Desborough. Retrieved from
  6. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook