The name Irbay came to England
with the ancestors of the Irbay family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Irbay family lived in Lincolnshire
, at Irby, from where they took their name.
Early Origins of the Irbay family
The surname Irbay was first found in Lincolnshire
at Irby by the Marsh, a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district which dates back to c. 1115 when it was listed as Irebi. Irby upon Humber or Irby-on-Humber is a small village and civil parish in North East Lincolnshire
. This local
dates back further to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was listed as Iribi. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Other locals include: Irby, a village on the Wirral Peninsula; Ireby, a village in Cumbria; and Ireby, a small hamlet and civil parish bordering on Lancashire
and North Yorkshire
. The place name is believed to literally mean "farmstead or village of the Irishmen," having derived from the Old Scandinavian name "Irar" + "by." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Irbay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Irbay research.Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1068, 1114, 1547, 1625, 1589, 1622, 1577, 1610, 1605, 1681, 1676, 1718, 1702, 1707, 1707 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Irbay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Irbay 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 Irby, Irbey, Irbie, Irbye and others.
Early Notables of the Irbay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Anthony Irby (1547-1625), English Master of Chancery, Recorder and Member of Parliament for Boston between 1589 and 1622; Sir Anthony Irby (1577-1610), English Member of Parliament... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Irbay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Irbay 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 Irbay or a variant listed above: Walter Irby, who came to Virginia in 1652; William Irby, who was on record in Virginia in 1714; and Robert Irby, also on record in Virginia in 1715.
The Irbay 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: Honor fidelitatis praemium
Motto Translation: Honor, the reward of fidelity.