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Early Origins of the Wessburn family


The surname Wessburn was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Westbourne, held by Earl Roger of Winchester, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Early History of the Wessburn family

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Early History of the Wessburn family


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Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1443 and 1576 are included under the topic Early Wessburn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wessburn Spelling Variations

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Wessburn Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Westburn, Westbourne, Westbourn, Wessburn, Wessbourn, Wessbourne, Westbyrne and many more.

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Early Notables of the Wessburn family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Wessburn family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Wessburn family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Wessburn family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Florida, and to the islands..

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

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