Early Origins of the Fishburn family
The surname Fishburn was first found in Durham
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1250 when Ranulf of Fisheburn held estates in that county.
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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Migration of the Fishburn family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Fishburns to arrive on North American shores: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.
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
- 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