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Early Origins of the Desbro family

The surname Desbro 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 Desbro family

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Desbro 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 Desbro family

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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Migration of the Desbro family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Arthur Desborough, aged 37, who arrived at Ellis Island from Norton, England, in 1908; Edward Desborough, aged 40, who arrived at Ellis Island from Wolverhampton, England, in 1907.

  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) on Facebook