Haliburton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Haliburton family

The surname Haliburton was first found in Dirleton, a parish, in the county of Haddington in East Lothian (formerly Berwickshire.) "The ancient manors of Golyn and Dirleton, which latter gives to the parish its present name, belonged, together with the lands of Fenton, in the early part of the twelfth century, to the family of Vaux or De Vallibus, and in 1340, passed, by marriage with the daughter and heiress of William De Vallibus, to Sir John Halyburton, whose grandson, Sir Walter, lord high treasurer of Scotland, was created Lord Halyburton in 1448. On the decease of the sixth lord Halyburton, the lands were conveyed by his daughter and heiress Janet, in marriage, to William, second lord Ruthven, by whose descendant, John, Earl of Gowrie, they were forfeited to the crown in 1600." [1]

The family are of "territorial origin from the lands of Haliburton in Berwickshire. Near the end of the twelfth century David filius Tructe (or Truite or Trute) granted the church of his vill of Halyburton "cum tofta et crofta et duabus bouatis terre" to the monks of Kelso (Kelso, 268). About the year 1230 this grant was confirmed by Walter, the son of David, son of Truite, and about 1261. Philip de Halyburton again confirmed the gift of the church of Halyburtun and pertinents to the Abbey of Kelso as formerly made by David filius Trute his proavus and Walter his avus." [2]

"The principal old family of this name was Halyburton, of that Ilk, in the shire of Berwick. The Chappel of Halyburton was a pendicle of the church of Greenlaw. The family are mentioned so early as the reign of King Malcolm IV." [3]

Sir John Haliburton of Dirleton (d. 1392), seems to be one of the progenitors of the family with the most note. He was father of Sir Walter de Haliburton, 1st Lord Haliburton of Dirleton (d. c. 1449), Lord High Treasurer of Scotland. This Scottish Lordship of Parliament was held in the family until Janet Haliburton, 7th Lady Haliburton of Dirleton (d, c. 1560.)

Haliburton, Ontario was named after Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1796-1865), a Nova Scotia politician, judge, and author.

Early History of the Haliburton family

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Haliburton Spelling Variations

The name, Haliburton, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Halliburton, Haliburton, Haleyburton, Hollyburton, Halyburton, Halburton, Heliburton and many more.

Early Notables of the Haliburton family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir John Haliburton of Dirleton, East Lothian (d. 1392); and his son, Sir Walter de Haliburton, 1st Lord Haliburton of Dirleton (died c. 1447), Lord High Treasurer of Scotland; John Haliburton, 2nd Lord Haliburton of Dirleton (died c. 1452); Patrick Haliburton, 3rd Lord Haliburton of Dirleton (died c. 1459) George Haliburton, 4th Lord Haliburton of Dirleton (died c. 1492); James Haliburton, 5th Lord Haliburton of Dirleton (died c. 1502); Patrick Haliburton, 6th Lord Haliburton of...
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Haliburton Ranking

In the United States, the name Haliburton is the 17,749th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]


United States Haliburton migration to the United States +

The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Haliburton surname who came to North America were:

Haliburton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Haliburton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1750 [5]

Canada Haliburton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Haliburton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Peebles Haliburton who was born in Sidney, Nova Scotia, in 1850

Australia Haliburton migration to Australia +

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

Haliburton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Haliburton, who arrived in Phillip aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1850 [6]

New Zealand Haliburton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Haliburton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Haliburton, (b. 1849), aged 21, British moulder travelling from London aboard the ship "Monarch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1870 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Haliburton (post 1700) +

  • James Haliburton FGS (1786-1862), birth name of James Burton, an early British Egyptologist, best known notable for being the first person of the modern age to enter Tomb KV5 in the Valley of the Kings [8]
  • Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1796-1865), Canadian politician, judge, and author of 'Sam Slick,' from Nova Scotia, eponym of Haliburton, Ontario, only child of William Hersey Otis Haliburton [8]
  • William Hersey Otis Haliburton (1767-1829), Canadian lawyer, judge and politician who represented the town of Windsor in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1806 to 1811
  • Arthur Lawrence Haliburton GCB, DL (b. 1832), 1st Baron Haliburton, a Canadian-born British civil servant


The Haliburton Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Majores sequor
Motto Translation: I follow my ancestors.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SAMUEL BODDINGTON 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850SamuelBoddington.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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