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Where did the English Scarborough family come from? What is the English Scarborough family crest and coat of arms? When did the Scarborough family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Scarborough family history?

The lineage of the name Scarborough begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the county of Yorkshire, where they held the manor of Scarborough. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English Skaroisburg, which was brought into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Scarborough has undergone many spelling variations, including Scarbrough, Scarboro, Scarborough, Scasbridge, Scarbrow, Scarburg, Scarburgh, Scarsbridge and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scarborough research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1615, 1693, 1584, 1635, 1617, 1671, 1642, 1671, 1645 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Scarborough History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 105 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Scarborough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Scarborough were among those contributors:

Scarborough Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edmund Scarborough, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Hannah Scarborough who settled in Virginia with her husband Mathew in 1635
  • Edmond Scarborough, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Scarborough, who arrived in Virginia in 1639
  • Charles Scarborough, who arrived in Maryland or Virginia in 1677

Scarborough Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Scarborough, who arrived in New York in 1820

Scarborough Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Scarborough arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orator" in 1849


  • William Sanders Scarborough (1852-1926), one of the first African-American classics scholars
  • Charles Joseph "Joe" Scarborough (b. 1963), American former politician and cable TV news personality
  • George Scarborough (1859-1900), American Western lawman, gunfighter and possible outlaw
  • Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (b. 1947), American fantasy/science fiction writer
  • Charles Bishop "Chuck" Scarborough (b. 1943), American television news anchor
  • Dorothy Scarborough (1877-1935), American author and editor
  • Victoria Scarborough (b. 1967), English actress, known for Charlotte Gray (2001) and Hollow Reed (1996), sister of Andrew Scarborough
  • Andrew Scarborough (b. 1973), English television actor
  • Adrian Scarborough (b. 1968), English actor, known for his work in The King's Speech (2010), Les Misérables (2012) and Notes on a Scandal (2006)


  • Jacob Miller and Jane Scarborough Kith 'n' Kin' by Flavil R. Miller.
  • Some Quaker Families: Scarborough/Haworth by Roger S. Boone.

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The Scarborough Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Scarborough Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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