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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.


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. [1] 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." [2]

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Irby research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1068, 1114, 1547, 1625, 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.


Another 87 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Irby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 came to 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
  • 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


  • Michael Irby (b. 1972), American film and television actor
  • Kenneth Irby (b. 1936), American poet
  • Lee Irby (b. 1963), American novelist and historian
  • Frederick Irby (1749-1825), 2nd Baron Boston, an English aristocrat and courtier
  • Gerald Howard Boteler Irby (1897-1978), 9th Baron Boston
  • Timothy George Frank Boteler Irby (1939-2007), 10th Baron Boston
  • Cecil Eustace Irby (1897-1972), 8th Baron Boston
  • Greville Northey Irby (1889-1958), 7th Baron Boston
  • George Florance Irby (1860-1941), 6th Baron Boston
  • Florance George Henry Irby (1837-1877), 5th Baron Boston



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.


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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The Irby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Irby Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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