The name Husbourn reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Husbourn family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Husbourn is a name for a peasant farmer.
The name was originally derived from the Old English husband,
which meant one who tills soil.
The modern connotations of the word appeared much later.
Early Origins of the Husbourn family
The surname Husbourn was first found in Bedfordshire
(Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England
, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Mercia, where lands were granted to them by Duke William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Early History of the Husbourn family
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Husbourn Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Husband, Husbands, Husbants, Husborne and others.
Early Notables of the Husbourn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Husbourn family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Husbourn or a variant listed above: Thomas and Mary Husband, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Samuel Husbants, who settled in Barbados in 1675 with his wife and servants; Christopher Husband, who settled in Maryland in 1731.