Leybourne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Leybourne surname lived in the village of Leybourne. Leybourne is a habitation name from the broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Leybourne family
The surname Leybourne was first found in Kent at Leybourne, a parish, in the union of Malling, hundred of Larkfield, lathe of Aylesford. "There are considerable remains of a castle, consisting of a gateway flanked by circular towers, various arches, walls, &c., and traces of the moat by which it was surrounded; part of the ruin has long been converted into a dwelling-house."  A later branch of the family was found at Ashton with Stodday in Lancashire. "Ashton Hall, once the seat of the knightly family of Leyburne, and now the property of the Duke of Hamilton, is a quadrangular edifice, with a projecting wing to the east, and a square tower with angular turrets on the west; it was probably erected in the fourteenth century." 
Early History of the Leybourne family
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Leybourne Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Leybourne are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Leybourne include: Labern, Labourne, Laborn, Labron, Laburn, Layburn, Layborn, Layborne, Laybourn, Laybourne, Leiburn, Leybourne, Leyborne, Leyburn, Leyburne and many more.
Early Notables of the Leybourne family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Roger de Leiburn, summoned to the English Parliament in 1299; George Leyburn (1593-1677), an English Catholic priest, President of the English College; John Leyburn (1615-1702), an English Roman...
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Migration of the Leybourne family to Ireland
Some of the Leybourne family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Leybourne migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Leybourne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William John Leybourne, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in Westland aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878
Contemporary Notables of the name Leybourne (post 1700) +
- George Leybourne (1842-1884), English music hall performer
- Sir Roger de Leybourne (1215-1271), British soldier and landowner
Historic Events for the Leybourne family +
- Mr. Lawrence Cuthbert Lorraine Leybourne, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942 
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