The name Maybrough reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Maybrough family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Maybrough family lived in Cheshire
, at the manor of Marbury, from whence they took their name. However, we must look to Normandy
to find the first record of the family. It was there that "Nicholas Merbury, Butler of the King, Normandy" CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
was found 1180-1195.
Early Origins of the Maybrough family
The surname Maybrough was first found in Cheshire
at Marbury, a township, in the parish of Great Budworth, union of Northwich, hundred
of Bucklow. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The place name dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was first listed as Merberie and was held by William Malbank, who held them from Earl Harold. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Literally, it means "fortified place near a lake," from the Old English words "mere" + "burh." 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 Maybrough family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maybrough research.Another 236 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1456, 1528, 1626, 1404, 1425, 1414, 1555, 1611, 1610 and are included under the topic Early Maybrough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Maybrough Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Marbury, Marburie, Marberrie, Marberry, Merbury, Marburry, Marburrie, Marbery, Marberie and many more.
Early Notables of the Maybrough family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Maybrough family to Ireland
Some of the Maybrough family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 131 words (9 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 Maybrough family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Maybrough name or one of its variants: Gilbert Marburie who settled in Virginia in 1622; Richard Marbury settled in Virginia in 1643.