Probyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Celtic name of Probyn was derived from the rugged landscape of Wales. This old, proud name is derived from the personal name Robin. The surname Probyn features the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix ap-. The original form of the name was ap-Robin, but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time and the overall spelling has sometimes been extensively altered.
Early Origins of the Probyn family
The surname Probyn was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat. Said to be descended from Ynyr, King of Gwent, the family held estates at Oldcastle and Newton. From Malpas they were a strong influence in West Cheshire, and Wirral life about the year 1200. Elton Hall in Elton, Cambridgeshire has been the ancestral home of the Proby family since 1660. Sir Thomas Proby, 1st Baronet (1632-April 1689) inherited Elton Hall from his father Sir Heneage Proby (died 1667.)
Early History of the Probyn family
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Probyn Spelling Variations
Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Probyn has occasionally been spelled Probyn, Probin, Probbin, Probbyn, Propert, Probert, Proppert, Probins, Probyns, Ap Robin, Ap Robert, Proby and many more.
Early Notables of the Probyn family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir Heneage Proby of Elton Huntingdonshire; and his son, Sir Thomas Proby, 1st Baronet (1632-1689), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Amersham (1660-1679) and Huntingdonshire (1679-1685); John Proby (1639-1710), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Huntingdonshire (1693-1695) and (1698-1702); and John Proby (c. 1698-1762), a British Member of Parliament. He was son of Wlliam Proby, Governor of...
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Migration of the Probyn family to Ireland
Some of the Probyn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Probyn migration to the United States +
In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Probyn
Probyn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mary Probyn who was listed as having arrived at Portland and Falmouth, Me in 1820
- John G. Probyn, aged 15, who immigrated to America from Liverpool, in 1893
- Mary A. Probyn, aged 44, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1893
- Thomas Probyn, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1893
- Wm. L. Probyn, aged 17, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1893
Probyn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John Edgar Probyn, aged 27, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1904
- Charles James Probyn, aged 21, who settled in America from Gloucester, England, in 1912
- Emily Probyn, aged 51, who immigrated to the United States from Gloucesteshire, England, in 1918
- Leslie Probyn, aged 56, who landed in America from Gloucesteshire, England, in 1918
- Glenna Probyn, aged 8, who landed in America from Birmingham, England, in 1924
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Probyn migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Probyn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Edward Probyn, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 
- Thomas Probyn, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 
Contemporary Notables of the name Probyn (post 1700) +
- Jeff Probyn (b. 1956), English former rugby union player
- General Sir Dighton MacNaghton Probyn VC, GCB, GCSI, GCVO, ISO (1833-1924), Irish soldier, who received the Victoria cross in 1857 for bravery in the Battle of Agra, India, later made a General
- Elspeth Probyn (b. 1958), Australian Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Sydney
- Stephen Probyn (1951-2008), Canadian financier and entrepreneur
- May Probyn (1856-1909), English poet
- Siaka Probyn Stevens (1905-1988), president of the Republic of Sierra Leone (1967-1985)
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The Probyn Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Manus haec inimica tyrannis
Motto Translation: This hand is hostile to tyrants.