Sebourn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origin of the name Sebourn is under much discussion. One school of thought claims the name is a local name from "Seabourne," and not 'born at sea'; [1] other claims the name is patronymic as in 'the son of Sebern." [2] And yet another claims the name was actually Norman, descending from William Sabrin, Normandy 1180 (Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae) [3]

Two references claim the name is Scandinavian [4] or Icelandic. [2] And another claims "the name literally means 'sea-warrior.' " [5]

Early Origins of the Sebourn family

The surname Sebourn was first found in Huntingdonshire where early Latin forms of the name were found, specifically Sabernus Monachus and Philippus filius Seberni who were listed there 1114-1130. A few years later, Margareta filia Seberni, was found in the Curia Regis Rolls of the Isle of Man in 1207 and John Sebern was found in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk in 1190. Sayer Sabarn was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls for Essex in 1327 and fifty years later, John Sabern was listed there in the Assize Rolls of 1377. [5]

In Herefordshire, the family name was referenced in the 13th century. Today Seaburn Dene is a northern suburb of Sunderland and Seaburn is a seaside resort and suburb of Sunderland, both located in North East England.

The Hundredorum Rolls include: Alexander Sebern in Huntingdonshire; William Seberne in Oxfordshire; and Geoffrey Sebern in Cambridgeshire. [2]

Early History of the Sebourn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sebourn research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1144, 1510, 1600, 1140, 1159, 1442, 1545, 1455, 1487 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Sebourn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sebourn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Seborn, Seaborn, Seborne, Sebourn, Sebourne, Seabourn and many more.

Early Notables of the Sebourn family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Sebourn family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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