Reyburn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Reyburn family

The surname Reyburn was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Reyburn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reyburn research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1331, 1468, and 1544 are included under the topic Early Reyburn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Reyburn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ryburn, Raeburn, Rayburn, Reburn, Reyburn and others.

Early Notables of the Reyburn family (pre 1700)

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United States Reyburn migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reyburn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas G Reyburn, aged 22, who arrived in Maryland in 1812 [1]

New Zealand Reyburn migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Reyburn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Reyburn, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [2]
  • Mr. Robert Reyburn, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Reyburn (post 1700) +

  • Amedee Valle Reyburn Jr. (b. 1879), American freestyle swimmer and water polo player from St. Louis, Missouri who competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • William Stuart Reyburn (1882-1946), American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Philadelphia County, 1909-11; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 2nd District, 1911-13 [3]
  • Robert Reyburn, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 1904 [3]
  • John Edgar Reyburn (1845-1914), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1890-97, 1906-07; Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1904; Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1907-11 [3]
  • Wallace Macdonald Reyburn OBE (1913-2001), New Zealand-born, Canadian humourist author and rugby writer, editor of the Canadian magazine New Liberty


The Reyburn 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: Robur in Deo
Motto Translation: God is our strength.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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