Warburton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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]

Early Origins of the Warburton family

The surname Warburton was 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]

Early History of the Warburton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Warburton research. Another 167 words (12 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Warburton Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Warburton family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Peter Warburton (d. 1550) of Arley, Cheshire; and his grandson, Peter Warburton (1588-1666), an English barrister and judge; Sir George Warburton, 1st Baronet (1622-1676), first of the Warburton Baronetcy, of Arley in the County of Chester; Sir Peter Warburton, 2nd Baronet (died 1698)...
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Ireland Migration of the Warburton family to Ireland

Some of the Warburton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Warburton migration to the United States +

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 [4]
  • Cassandra Warburton, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [4]
  • Mary Warburton, who landed in Maryland in 1677 [4]
Warburton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edie Warburton, who settled in Maryland in 1718
Warburton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John, Joseph and William Warburton, who arrived in Pennsylvania between 1841 and 1860
  • John Warburton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • Robert Warburton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 [4]

Australia Warburton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [5]
  • Thomas Warburton, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Benjamin Warburton, English convict from Liverpool, Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • Ann Warburton, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington" [8]
  • Ann Warburton, aged 19, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Warburton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Warburton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Warburton, aged 21, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Mr. Thomas Warburton, (b. 1819), aged 21, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 25th January 1841 [9]
  • Thomas Kennis Warburton, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • Miss Hannah Warburton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Martaban" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1856 [10]
  • G. Warburton, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Warburton (post 1700) +

  • William T. Warburton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1888, 1912 [11]
  • Wendy Warburton, American Republican politician, Member of Montana State House of Representatives 34th District; Elected 2010 [11]
  • Stanton Warburton (1865-1926), American politician, Member of Washington State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Washington 2nd District, 1911-13; Defeated, 1912, 1914 [11]
  • Robert Warburton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming, 1980 [11]
  • Otis C. Warburton, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Monroe County 3rd District, 1909 [11]
  • Jackie Warburton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming, 1980 [11]
  • 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 [11]
  • George Warburton (1858-1927), American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Richmond County, 1905 [11]
  • Barclay H. Warburton, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Florida, 1928 [11]
  • Mrs. Barclay H. Warburton, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Pennsylvania, 1924; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928 [11]
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Charles A Warburton, British sailor, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [12]


The Warburton Motto +

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.


  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)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Duke%20of%20Wellington.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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