Majoribanks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Majoribanks family

The surname Majoribanks was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland. Samuel Marchbanks was a fictional character created by Canadian novelist and journalist Robertson Davies. He wrote four novels about the charcter.

Early History of the Majoribanks family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Majoribanks research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1316, 1554 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Majoribanks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Majoribanks Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Marjoribanks, Majoribanks, Marchbanks, Marjorum and many more.

Early Notables of the Majoribanks family (pre 1700)

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United States Majoribanks migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Majoribanks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Majoribanks, who settled in Philadelphia in 1774

New Zealand Majoribanks 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:

Majoribanks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alex Majoribanks, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
  • Mr. Alexander Majoribanks, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" arriving in Port Nicholson, (Wellington Harbour), New Zealand on 20th February 1840 [1]


The Majoribanks 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: Custos et pugnax
Motto Translation: A preserver and a champion.


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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