Show ContentsHeyburn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the annals of British history, few names go farther back than Heyburn, which started among the people of the Boernician tribe. The first family to use the name Heyburn lived in Northumberland, in the village of Hebburn in the parish of Chillingham.

Early Origins of the Heyburn family

The surname Heyburn was first found in Northumberland at Hebburn, a township, in the parish of Chillingham, union of Glendale. "There are some remains of an ancient castle, built, and long occupied, by a family which took its name from the village." [1] Now part of the Tyne and Wear county, Hebburn dates back to about 1104-08 when it was first listed as Heabyrn. Literally the place name means "high burial place or tumulus," from the Old English words "heah" + "byrgen." [2] One of the first records of the name was Thomas de Heburn who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Northumberland in 1279. [3]

Early History of the Heyburn family

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Heyburn Spelling Variations

The name Heyburn, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Hepburn, Heyburn, Hepborne, Hepbourne, Hepbourn and others.

Early Notables of the Heyburn family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Heyburn family to Ireland

Some of the Heyburn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Heyburn family

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. 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." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Heyburn family, or who bore a variation of the surname Heyburn were Thomas Hepburn, who settled in Baltimore in 1792; George Hepborne settled in Boston along with Anne, Rebecca, and Anna in 1635; Francis Hepbourne settled in Maryland in 1769..

Contemporary Notables of the name Heyburn (post 1700) +

  • Weldon Brinton Heyburn (1852-1912), American Senator from Idaho (1903– 1912), eponym of the city of Heyburn, Heyburn State Park and Mount Heyburn, all in Idaho
  • Weldon Heyburn (1910-1951), American character actor
  • John G. Heyburn II, American federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • William Heyburn, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1912, 1916, 1920, 1924, 1928 [4]
  • Weldon Brinton Heyburn (b. 1903), American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 9th District, 1937-48; Pennsylvania State Auditor General, 1949-53; Pennsylvania State Treasurer, 1953-57 [4]
  • Weldon Brinton Heyburn (1852-1912), American Republican politician, U.S. Senator from Idaho, 1903-12; Member of Republican National Committee from Idaho, 1904 [4]
  • Robert Heyburn, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 5th District, 1935 [4]
  • Henry Rueter Heyburn (1920-1991), American politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives [4]
  • George E. Heyburn, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Delaware County, 1893-94 [4]

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook