The ancestors of the name Helbron stretch back to a family in the Boernician
tribe of ancient Scotland
. They lived in Durham
but moved northward in 1329 to Chillingham in Northumberland
, where they lived in the village of Hebburn in the parish of Chillingham.
Early Origins of the Helbron family
The surname Helbron was first found in Northumberland
. Thomas de Heburn was on record in the Assize Rolls for that county in 1279. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
They prospered here from 1271 until the 18th century, when the family line ended with an heiress. Adam de Hepburn (de Hylburne) was the first of the line. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
One version of the tale goes that Hepburn was a prisoner of the Earl of March, who freed him and granted him lands for 'good and faithful service' after he saved the Earl's life from a feral (wild) horse. These lands were in East Lothian
and the family spent the next several centuries aggressively acquiring new lands.
Early History of the Helbron family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Helbron research.Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1536, 1568, 1432, 1479, 1467, 1483, 1508, 1513, 1497, 1513, 1563, 1612 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Helbron History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Helbron Spelling Variations
Spelling rules only evolved in the last few centuries with the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries. Spelling variations
are extremely common in names from before that period. Helbron has been spelled Heighborne, Haybourne, Haybourn, Haybirn, Haybyrne, Heighburn, Heighbyrne, Heighbirn, Hepboyrne, Hepbirn, Hepbyrne, Hepburn, Heighbourne, Heyburn, Hebborne, Hebbourne, Hebbirn, Hebbyrne, Hebboorne and many more.
Early Notables of the Helbron family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Adam Hepburn, Master of Hailes (c.
1432-1479), Sheriff of Berwickshire
(1467); Sir Patrick Hepburn of Dunsyre, 1st Lord Hailes (died 1483) was the feudal
lord of Hailes and its castle in Haddingtonshire
and a Lord of Parliament; Patrick Hepburn, 1st Earl... Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Helbron Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Helbron family to Ireland
Some of the Helbron family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 194 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Helbron family to the New World and Oceana
After making their great crossing, many Boernician-Scottish families settled along the east coast of North America. When the War of Independence
broke out, United Empire Loyalists moved north to Canada while the rest stayed to fight. The ancestors of many of these Scots still populate the continent. This century, through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations, they began to rediscover their collective national heritage. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Helbron or a variant listed above: George, Anne, Rebecca, and Anna Hepborne, who all arrived in Boston in 1635; Thomas Hepburn, who settled in Baltimore in 1792; and Francis Hepbourne settled in Maryland in 1769..