Wasbourne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Wasbourne is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Wasbourne 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Wasbourne family

The surname Wasbourne 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.) [2]

Early History of the Wasbourne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wasbourne research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1631, 1606, 1687 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Wasbourne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wasbourne Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Wasbourne are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wasbourne include Washbourne, Washburn, Washborne, Washborn and others.

Early Notables of the Wasbourne family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wasbourne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Wasbourne family

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Wasbourne, or a variant listed above: 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 ".



  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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