Washburn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the ancestors of the Washburn family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They 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 Washburn family

The surname Washburn 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 Washburn family

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

Washburn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Washburn have been found, including Washbourne, Washburn, Washborne, Washborn and others.

Early Notables of the Washburn family (pre 1700)

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United States Washburn migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Washburn were among those contributors:

Washburn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Washburn, who landed in Massachusetts in 1631 [3]
  • John Washburn, who settled in Boston in 1635
Washburn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nevels Washburn, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [3]
  • S Washburn, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • Washburn, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • A.C. Washburn, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Addie Washburn, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1897
Washburn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alice I. Washburn, who immigrated to America, in 1903
  • Alonzo Washburn, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Anna Washburn, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Albert H. Washburn, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Adelaide S Washburn, who settled in America, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Washburn migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Washburn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Ebenezer Washburn U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 one daughter listed [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Washburn (post 1700) +

  • Charles Ames "C.A." Washburn (1822-1889), American diplomat, U.S. Minister to Paraguay
  • William Barrett Washburn (1820-1887), American businessman and politician, United States Senator from Massachusetts (1874-1875), 28th Governor of Massachusetts (1872-1874)
  • Cadwallader Colden Washburn (1818-1882), American businessman, politician, and soldier, 11th Governor of Wisconsin (1872-1874)
  • Peter Thacher Washburn (1814-1870), American lawyer, politician, Adjutant and Inspector General of the State of Vermont during the American Civil War, 31st Governor of Vermont (1869-1870)
  • Emory Washburn (1800-1877), American lawyer, politician, and historian, 22nd Governor of Massachusetts (1854-1855)
  • Ichabod Washburn (1798-1868), American church deacon and industrialist, founder of Washburn University
  • Cephas Washburn (1793-1860), early American Christian missionary and educator who worked with the Cherokee, often referred to as "The Apostle to the Cherokees"
  • Sgt. Ebenezer Washburn U.E. (1756-1826), American-born, Canadian businessman and politician, Member of Parliament representing Prince Edward County
  • Henry Dana Washburn (1832-1871), U.S. Representative from Indiana and a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, eponym of Mount Washburn
  • Henry Bradford Washburn Jr. (1910-2007), American explorer, mountaineer, photographer, and cartographer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight 191
  • Rebecca Washburn, American passenger from Long Beach, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [5]

Suggested Readings for the name Washburn +

  • 1516 Nathaniel Washburn: An American Pioneer by Catherine Lutes Gowdy, Our Washburn Heritage by Elaine Washburn Olney, The Washburn Family in America by Brenton P. Washburne.

  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)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area

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