Disbrow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Disbrow family

The surname Disbrow 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 Disbrow family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Disbrow 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 Disbrow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Disbrow 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 Disbrow 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...
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Disbrow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Disbrow migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Disbrow Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Noah Disbrow U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Disbrow (post 1700) +

  • Robert Disbrow, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 4th District, 1936 [4]
  • Myron B. Disbrow (1868-1950), American Democratic Party politician, Traveling salesman; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bridgewater, 1915-16 [4]
  • E. C. Disbrow, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Ocean County Democratic Party, 1914 [4]
  • Alice Disbrow, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1940 [4]
  • Abijah C. Disbrow, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County, 1832 [4]
  • A. S. Disbrow, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 1st District, 1917-18 [4]


  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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