Wellborn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Wellborn was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wellborn family lived in Lincolnshire. Their name is derived from the Old English word welle, meaning well, and the Old Norse word brunnr, meaning stream or spring, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a well by a stream or spring.
Early Origins of the Wellborn family
The surname Wellborn was first found in Lincolnshire where they were Lords of the manor of Welbourn and conjecturally descended from a Norman noble, Robert Malet, who was granted the church and mill by King William the Conqueror in 1066. The ancestry of Robert goes back to Graville near Havre in Normandy in 990, where he was descended from Algar, the seventh Earl of Mercia.
Early History of the Wellborn family
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Wellborn Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Welborne, Welborn, Welbourne, Welburn and others.
Early Notables of the Wellborn family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Welbourne (Welbourn) (executed at York, 1 August 1605), an English Roman Catholic teacher; Catholic martyr, beatified in 1929. Thomas Wellborn (also: Welbourn, Welbourne, Wellbourne), (1640-1702), served as...
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Wellborn migration to the United States +
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Wellborn or a variant listed above:
Wellborn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Marshall J. Wellborn, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1894
Wellborn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- M. J. Wellborn, aged 39, who immigrated to America, in 1903
- Mrs. M. J. Wellborn, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1903
- Charles E. Wellborn, aged 46, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
- Minnie Wellborn, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
- Arthur Wellborn, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Wellborn (post 1700) +
- Maximilian Bethune Wellborn (1862-1957), American banker, the first chairman of the board and a governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
- Marshall Johnson Wellborn (1808-1874), American politician, lawyer and jurist
- Olin Wellborn (1843-1921), American politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from Texas (1879 to 1833)
- John Wellborn Root (1850-1891), American architect
- Wellborn Jack, American Democrat politician, Member of Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1950 
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