Pilborough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Pilborough family

The surname Pilborough was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Hatfield, held by a steward of the Bishop of Bayeux, brother of the King who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Pilborough family

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Pilborough Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pilborow, Pilborough, Pilburgh, Pilbury, Pilsbury, Pillborow, Pillborough, Pilesburgh, Pilesborough and many more.

Early Notables of the Pilborough family (pre 1700)

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United States Pilborough migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pilborough Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Pilborough, age 17, who settled in Maryland or Virginia in 1719

Australia Pilborough migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pilborough Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Pilborough, English convict who was convicted in Ipswich, Suffolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 22nd July 1830, arriving in New South Wales [2]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/burrell


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