Holburn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Holburn family

The surname Holburn was first found in Greater London at Holborn. [1] [2] This place dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Holeburne. [3]

It literally means "hollow stream," "stream in a hollow," from the Old English "hol" + "burna." [4] [5]

Bald de Holeborn was the first listing of the family here in the Pipe Rolls of 1193. The Feet of Fines for Surrey listed John de Holeburne 1296-1297 and Stephen de Holbourne was found in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1364. [6]

Early History of the Holburn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holburn research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1644, 1597, 1647, 1615 and 1643 are included under the topic Early Holburn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holburn Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Holburn family name include Holborn, Holbourne, Holborne, Hoborn, Hobourne, Hoborne, Holburne and many more.

Early Notables of the Holburn family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Anthony Holborne (fl. 1597), was an English musical composer, possibly a member of Queen Elizabeth's Chapel Royal. He published two volumes which in total had 97 pieces. [7] Sir Robert Holborne (d. 1647), was an English lawyer, the son of Nicholas Holborne of Chichester. "He was trained for the law, as the custom then was, at Furnival's Inn...
Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holburn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Holburn family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Holburn family to immigrate North America: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..


Contemporary Notables of the name Holburn (post 1700) +

  • George Holburn Snowden (1901-1990), American sculptor


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  6. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  7. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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