Early Origins of the Orbison family
The surname Orbison was first found in Lincolnshire
at Orby, a village and civil parish in the marshes of the Lincolnshire
coast. The place dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Heresbi, land held at the time by the Bishop of Durham
. By 1115, the place name had evolved to Orreby and literally meant "farmstead or village of a man called Orri," derived from the Old Scandanavian perosnal name + by. 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 Orbison family
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Orbison Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Orby, Orbie, Orbee, Orreby, Orrebey, Orrebie and many more.
Early Notables of the Orbison family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Orbison family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Richard Orrebey who settled in Massachusetts in 1720.
Contemporary Notables of the name Orbison (post 1700)
- Barbara Orbison (1950-2011), née Barbara Anne Marie Wellhöner Jakobs, a German-born, American entrepreneur, music producer/publisher, widow of Roy Orbison
- William Orbison (1909-1981), American psychologist, known for his Orbison illusion, an optical illusion where straight lines appear distorted
- Roy Kelton Orbison (1936-1988), nicknamed The Big O, an American singer-songwriter, known for his many hits including "Only the Lonely", "Crying", and "Oh, Pretty Woman", inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987