Risebrow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The illustrious surname Risebrow is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Risebrow is a place-name from in Buckinghamshire where there are two parishes listed of that name. The place-name was recorded as Hrisanbyrge in 903, and appears as Riseberg in the Domesday Book of 1086. The family name arose when a Breton who had accompanied William the Conqueror in the Norman Conquest of 1066 settled there after the victory over the Saxons at the Battle of Hastings on land granted to him by the new king. In a way, William Forgers, who became William de Risebrough, was coming home again, because the inhabitants of Brittany, a peninsula in the northwest of France, originally came from the British Isles.

Early Origins of the Risebrow family

The surname Risebrow was first found in Buckinghamshire where they were conjecturally descended from Raoul de Forgers, Lord of Forgers, about the year 900 A.D. Descended was Alfred who survived the Battle of Hastings and acquired the Abbey of Risle on the banks of the River Risle in Buckingham.

Early History of the Risebrow family

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Risebrow Spelling Variations

Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Risebrough, Risebrow, Risbrow, Riseby and others.

Early Notables of the Risebrow family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Risebrow family

Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Risebrow, or a variant listed above: Thomas Riseby who settled in Virginia in 1623.

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