Wasbourn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Wasbourn is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wasbourn family lived at Waseborne in Devon. Alternatively, the name could have originated Washburn (fuller's stream), in Yorkshire or at Washbourn, a parish in Gloucestershire. 
Early Origins of the Wasbourn family
The surname Wasbourn was first found in Devon where it is related the family took their name from Waseborne in that county soon after the Norman Conquest in 1066. This village was granted to Hermer from Gotshelm.
By the end of the 11th century they had branched to Worcestershire where they became a family great consequence. They were generations of knights at the Manor at the Washbournes intermarring with the distinguished families of Zouch, Corbett, Wysham, Blount and the Earls of Warwick. Sir Roger Washbourne is the first on record.
Later, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list William de Wassebourn in Huntingdonshire and Anthony Washbourne from Worcestershire was registered at Oxford University (no date given.) 
Early History of the Wasbourn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wasbourn research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1631, 1606, 1687 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Wasbourn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wasbourn 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 Wasbourn include Washbourne, Washburn, Washborne, Washborn and others.
Early Notables of the Wasbourn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wasbourn family
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 Wasbourns to arrive on North American shores: Margerie Washborn settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635 with her two sons, Joe, and Phillip; John Washborne settled in Virginia in 1619; one year before the ".
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- ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)