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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.


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 intermarried with the distinguished families of Zouch, Corbett, Wysham, Blount and the Earls of Warwick. Sir Roger Washbourne is the first on record.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Washburn research. Another 173 words (12 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.


Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Washburn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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
  • John Washburn settled in Boston in 1635

Washburn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nevels Washburn, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • S Washburn, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Washburn, aged 30, who emigrated 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 emigrated to America, in 1903
  • Alonzo Washburn, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Anna Washburn, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Albert H. Washburn, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Adelaide S Washburn, who settled in America, in 1908
  • ...

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

  • 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
  • Sgt. Ebenezer Washburn U.E. (1756-1826), American-born, Canadian businessman and political figure in Upper Canada
  • Henry Bradford Washburn Jr. (1910-2007), American explorer, mountaineer, photographer, and cartographer
  • Sherwood Larned Washburn (b. 1911), American biological anthropologist
  • Israel Washburn Sr. (1784-1876), Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1815-16, 1818-19)
  • Steve Washburn (b. 1975), Canadian ice hockey player
  • Admiral Richard Washburn, Chief of New Zealand Naval Staff

Washburn Historic Events

Flight 191

  • Rebecca Washburn, American passenger from Long Beach, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

  • 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.

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    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Washburn Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Washburn Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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