The name Washbourn reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Washbourn family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Washbourn family lived at Waseborne
. Alternatively, the name could have originated Washburn (fuller's stream), in Yorkshire
or at Washbourn, a parish in Gloucestershire
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
Early Origins of the Washbourn family
The surname Washbourn 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 intermarried 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.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Washbourn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Washbourn research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1631, 1606, 1687 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Washbourn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Washbourn 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 Washbourn include Washbourne, Washburn, Washborne, Washborn and others.
Early Notables of the Washbourn family (pre 1700)
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Washbourn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Washbourn family to Ireland
Some of the Washbourn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Washbourn family to the New World and Oceana
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 Washbourns 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 ".