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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Warburton family, who lived in Cheshire, at the village and parish of Warburton, which was acquired by the Duttons as early as temp. Henry II, but it was not until the reign of Edward I., or II., that this territorial name was assumed by Sir Peter de Dutton. [1]


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Warburton, Warbleton, Wareburton and others.

First found in Cheshire at Warburton, now part of Greater Manchester, where they were descended from Sir Peter de Dutton, a Crusade knight, who in turn was descended from Rollo, the first invader and Duke of Normandy in 890. His Family Crest "a Saracen's head is still borne by the Warburtons referring to the Holy Land, and probably gained by some heroic exploit in the expedition. " [1] The source continues by referring to an earlier source: "This Galfrid lived in 1244. He was servynge his prynce, and vanquyshed a Sarrazin in combate - then begynnynge to seale with a Sarrasins's head" [1] Reader's Note: a seal(e) was typically an early form of a crest. Yet another source claims the family is descended from William of Eu, through Odard, nephew of Lupus, great Earl of Chester, who was a nephew of William the Conqueror. They were granted the barony of Dutton at the Conquest in 1066. [2] The Domesday Book also lists the spelling of the place name as Wareburgetune. Literally, the place name means "farmstead or village of a woman called Waerburh," having derived from the Old English personal name + tun. [3]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Warburton research. Another 333 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1572, 1550, 1588, 1666, 1622, 1676, 1698, 1675, 1743, 1698 and 1779 are included under the topic Early Warburton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 187 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Warburton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Warburton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Warburton or a variant listed above:

Warburton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Warburton and her husband who settled in Virginia in 1656
  • Ann Warburton, who arrived in Virginia in 1656
  • Cassandra Warburton, who landed in Maryland in 1673
  • Mary Warburton, who landed in Maryland in 1677

Warburton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edie Warburton settled in Maryland in 1718

Warburton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John, Joseph and William Warburton arrived in Pennsylvania between 1841 and 1860
  • John Warburton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Robert Warburton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866

Warburton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Warburton, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Thomas Warburton, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Benjamin Warburton, English convict from Liverpool, Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Ann Warburton, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington"
  • Ann Warburton, aged 19, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849

Warburton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Warburton, aged 21, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Thomas Kennis Warburton landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • G. Warburton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • Margaret Warburton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • George Edward Warburton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865


  • Tom Warburton (b. 1968), American cartoonist and animator
  • Matt Warburton (b. 1978), American television writer and co-executive producer on the Fox animated series The Simpsons for 11 years
  • Irvine "Cotton" Warburton (1911-1982), American college football quarterback and later a film and television editor, best known for his work on Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Patrick John Warburton (b. 1964), American actor, best known for his starring role as David Puddy on Seinfeld, the paraplegic police officer Joe Swanson on Family Guy and as Kronk in The Emperor's New Groove
  • Patrick Warburton (b. 1964), American actor
  • Clark Warburton (1896-1979), American monetary economist
  • Jackie Warburton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming, 1980
  • Herbert Birchby Warburton (1916-1983), American Republican politician, Secretary of Delaware Republican Party, 1950; U.S. Representative from Delaware at-large, 1953-55; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Delaware, 1954
  • George Warburton (1858-1927), American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Richmond County, 1905
  • Barclay H. Warburton, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Florida, 1928



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: Je voil droyt avoyre
Motto Translation: I will have justice.


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. 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).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Warburton Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Warburton 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.

This page was last modified on 9 March 2016 at 16:21.

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