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Early Origins of the Fishburn family

The surname Fishburn was first found in Durham at Fishbourne, Fishburn. New Fishbourn, is a parish, in the union of West Hampnett, hundred of Box and Stockbridge, rape of Chichester in Sussex. "The remains of a Roman bath with a tessellated pavement were discovered in 1812, near the site of the Roman road here. " [1]

This parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Fiseborne. [2]

However, our interest is in Fishburn, a township, in the parish and union of Sedgefield, N. E. division of Stockton ward, S. division of the county of Durham. For it is there that "the family of Fishburn, who assumed the local name, were the earliest proprietors on record of the vill and manor; and among other landowners of whom mention occurs, have been the families of Bulmer, Widdrington, and Conyers. " [1]

This township date back to at least 1190, when it was known as Fisseburne. [3] Both locations derive their name from the Old English "fisc" + "burna," which combined meant "fish stream, stream where fish are caught." [3]

There is another Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight that dates back to 1267 when it was known as Fisseburne.

The first record of the family was found in the aforementioned Durham when Ranulf of Fisheburn held estates in that county in 1250. [4]

From this early entry, the name became widespread as in Scotland a few years later, "an Englishman of this name was Lord of Red Castle, Lunan, in 1306. Probably from Fishburn in co. Durham. " [5]

The Fishburn, built at Whitby in 1780 was the largest of the three First Fleet storeships to Botany Bay, Australia.

Early History of the Fishburn family

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Fishburn Spelling Variations

Fishburn has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Fishburn, Fishborn, Fishbourn, Fishbourne, Fishburne, Fishborne, Fishbyrn, Fishbyrne, Fyshborn, Fyshborne, Fyshburn and many more.

Early Notables of the Fishburn family (pre 1700)

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Fishburn Ranking

In the United States, the name Fishburn is the 14,071st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

Australia Fishburn migration to Australia +

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

Fishburn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Fishburn, (Fishburne), (b. 1790), aged 48, English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Earl Grey" on 27th July 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1839 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fishburn (post 1700) +

  • Samuel E. 'Sam Fishburn (1893-1965), American Major League Baseball player
  • Peter C. Fishburn (b. 1936), American pioneer in the field of decision-making processes
  • John Dudley Fishburn (b. 1946), British journalist and politician, former Executive Editor of The Economist
  • James Fishburn, Australian producer was behind productions on the stage, screen, and especially television
  • William Fishburn Donkin (1814-1869), English astronomer and mathematician, Savilian Professor of Astronomy at the University of Oxford [8]

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
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  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th August 2021). Retrieved from
  8. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook