When the ancestors of the Irby family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Lincolnshire
, at Irby, from where they took their name.
Early Origins of the Irby family
The surname Irby 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 Irby family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Irby research.Another 266 words (19 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 Irby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Irby Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Irby has been recorded under many different variations, including Irby, Irbey, Irbie, Irbye and others.
Early Notables of the Irby 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 Irby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Irby family to Ireland
Some of the Irby family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 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 Irby family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Irbys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Irby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Walter Irby, who settled in Virginia in 1652
Irby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Irby, who was on record in Virginia in 1714
- William Irby, who landed in Virginia in 1714 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- Robert Irby, also on record in Virginia in 1715
Irby Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Julie M. Irby, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
- Ellen Irby, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1909
- Robert F. Irby, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1909
- Gilbert Neville Irby, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1913
- Pierce Irby, aged 31, who emigrated to America, in 1919
- ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Contemporary Notables of the name Irby (post 1700)
- Michael Irby (b. 1972), American film and television actor, best known for portraying Sergeant First Class Charles Grey in The Unit
- Kenneth Irby (b. 1936), American poet, winner of the 2010 Shelley Memorial Award
- Lee Irby (b. 1963), American novelist and historian
- Frederick Irby (1749-1825), 2nd Baron Boston, an English peer and courtier
- Charles Leonard Irby (1789-1845), British officer in the Royal Navy who saw service during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812, 6th son of Frederick Irby, 2nd Baron Boston
- Leonard Howard Loyd Irby (1836-1905), British ornithologist and army officer, son of Rear-Admiral Frederick Paul Irby
- Timothy George Frank Boteler Irby (1939-2007), 10th Baron Boston of Boston in the County of Lincoln, English peer
- Gerald Howard Boteler Irby (1897-1978), 9th Baron Boston of Boston in the County of Lincoln, English peer
- George Florance Irby (1860-1941), 6th Baron Boston of Boston in the County of Lincoln, English peer
- George Ives Irby (1802-1869), 4th Baron Boston of Boston in the County of Lincoln, English peer
- ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
The Irby 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.