Warby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Warby is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Warby family lived in "Verboys, near Rouen, Normandy. This family gave its name to Warbois or Warboys, formerly spelt Wardeboys, a considerable village on the high road from Huntingdon to Ramsey." [1]

Early Origins of the Warby family

The surname Warby was first found in Cambridgeshire, formerly Huntingdonshire where it is now a large parish and village. The village dates back to pre-Conquest times where the first listing was Weardebusc in 974. Literally the place name probably means "bush of a man called Wearda" having derived from the Old English personal name + busc. [2]

By the time of the Domesday Book, the lands were held listed as lands of St. Benedict of Ramsey. Looking back further, the family was originally derived from Verbois, near Rouen in Normandy. [3] [4]

"Walter Wardebois is mentioned in the county as early as 1199. (Rotuli Curiae Regis.) Geoffrey de Wardbois, a townsman of Cambridge, was 'charged with having joined in the great riot against the Master and Scholars of the University' in 1322." [1]

Early History of the Warby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Warby research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1261 are included under the topic Early Warby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Warby 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 Warby include Warboy, Warboyse, Warboise, Wardboys, Gardboys, Garboys, Worboy, Worboys and many more.

Early Notables of the Warby family (pre 1700)

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United States Warby migration to the United States +

In England 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 Warbys to arrive on North American shores:

Warby Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary E. Warby, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Frank Warby, aged 24, who landed in America from Lymington, England, in 1908
  • Frederic George Warby, aged 22, who settled in America from Ware, England, in 1913
  • Priscilla Warby, aged 39, who settled in America from Cheltenham, England, in 1915
  • Paul Warby, aged 44, who immigrated to the United States, in 1917

Contemporary Notables of the name Warby (post 1700) +

  • Ken Warby (b. 1939), Australian motorboat racer who currently holds the Water speed record of 317.60 miles per hour
  • Edward R. Warby (b. 1968), Dutch drummer


  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  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. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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