The name Walburn reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Walburn family lived in Lincolnshire
. Their name is derived from the Old English word welle,
and the Old Norse word brunnr,
meaning stream or spring,
and indicates that the original bearer lived near a well by a stream or spring.
Early Origins of the Walburn family
The surname Walburn was first found in Lincolnshire
where they were Lords of the manor of Welbourn and conjecturally descended from a Norman noble, Robert Malet, who was granted the church and mill by King William the Conqueror in 1066. The ancestry of Robert goes back to Graville near Havre in Normandy
in 990, where he was descended from Algar, the seventh Earl of Mercia.
Early History of the Walburn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walburn research.Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1929, 1640, 1702, 1699 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Walburn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Walburn Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Walburn include Welborne, Welborn, Welbourne, Welburn and others.
Early Notables of the Walburn family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Welbourne (Welbourn) (executed at York, 1 August 1605), an English Roman Catholic teacher; Catholic martyr, beatified in 1929. Thomas Wellborn (also: Welbourn, Welbourne, Wellbourne), (1640-1702), served as... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walburn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Walburn family to Ireland
Some of the Walburn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Walburn family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Walburns to arrive on North American shores:
Walburn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Gesche Walburn, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Walburn (post 1700)
- Raymond Walburn (1887-1969), American character actor, known for his roles in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) and The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)