Washborn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Washborn was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Washborn 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 Washborn family

The surname Washborn 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 Washborn family

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

Washborn Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Washbourne, Washburn, Washborne, Washborn and others.

Early Notables of the Washborn family (pre 1700)

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


United States Washborn migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Washborn or a variant listed above:

Washborn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Margerie Washborn, who settled in Boston Massachusettsin 1635 with her two sons, Joe, and Phillip
  • Margerie Washborn, aged 49, who arrived in New England in 1635 [3]


  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)
  3. ^ 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)


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