Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Naresboro is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having 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 Naresboro originally derived from early residents who adopted the title of this ancient village as part of their surname.
Early Origins of the Naresboro family
The surname Naresboro 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 Naresboro family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Naresboro research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1273, 1583, 1640 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Naresboro History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Naresboro Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Naresboro has been spelled many different ways, including Kneresboro, Knaresborough, Knaresbro and others.
Early Notables of the Naresboro family (pre 1700)
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Naresboro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Naresboro family to Ireland
Some of the Naresboro 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 Naresboro family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Naresboros to arrive in North America: a number of family members who settled in the New World before the 19th century.