The origins of the Narburgh name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Knaresborough. Before the Norman Conquest
of 1066 these lands existed as noble property of the Saxons
. After 1066, Serlo de Burgh received these lands as a gift from William the conqueror. The surname Narburgh originally derived from early residents who adopted the title of this ancient village as part of their surname.
Early Origins of the Narburgh family
The surname Narburgh was first found in North Yorkshire
, at Knaresborough, an old and historic market town, spa town and civil parish in the Borough of Harrogate. The village dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Chenaresburg and literally meant "stronghold of a man called Cenheard," from the Old English personal name
+ burgh. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Knaresborough Castle is today a ruined fortress, but it too dates back to early Norman times when it was thought to have been built by a Norman Baron
around c.1100. By 1205, King John took control of Knareborough Castle as he regarded Knaresborough as an important northern fortress.
Early History of the Narburgh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Narburgh research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1273, 1583, 1640 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Narburgh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Narburgh Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Narburgh were recorded, including Kneresboro, Knaresborough, Knaresbro and others.
Early Notables of the Narburgh family (pre 1700)
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Narburgh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Narburgh family to Ireland
Some of the Narburgh family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 81 words (6 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 Narburgh family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Narburgh family emigrate to North America: a number of family members who settled in the New World before the 19th century.