Ditchburn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ditchburn family

The surname Ditchburn was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. Their seated was at Ditchburn in the parish of Ellingham. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. Notable families such as the Percy, the Umfravilles and the Nevilles gathered many supporting clans around them. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In that century, many of those clans drove their herds south, and they settled in Yorkshire and Lancashire. The name was first recorded in Cumberland as well as Northumberland.

Important Dates for the Ditchburn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ditchburn research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ditchburn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ditchburn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ditchburn, Ditchbynre, Dishburn, Dichburn, Dechburn, Decheburn and many more.

Early Notables of the Ditchburn family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Ditchburn family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.

Contemporary Notables of the name Ditchburn (post 1700)

  • Edwin George "Ted" Ditchburn (1921-2005), English professional football goalkeeper who played from 1939 to 1965, member of the England National Team (1948-1956)
  • David Ditchburn, Scottish historian, Senior Lecturer at Trinity College Dublin
  • John Ditchburn, Australian cartoonist
  • Albert James "Jim" Ditchburn (1908-1964), Australian rules footballer and first-class cricket player, active 1929 through 1939
  • Henry Ditchburn, Canadian founder of Ditchburn Boats in 1871 which manufactured wooden pleasure craft launches and racing boats in Gravenhurst, Ontario
  • Ross Ditchburn (b. 1957), former Australian rules footballer
  • Barry Ditchburn, British Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, active 1977 to 1979
  • Anne Ditchburn (b. 1949), Canadian Golden Globe nominated ballet dancer, choreographer, and film actress
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