The Westbey surname is a habitational name from any of various places named Westbury, for example in Buckinghamshire
, and Wiltshire
. These place names all come from the Old English words "west," or "west," and "burh," which is a fortress or fortified town.
Early Origins of the Westbey family
The surname Westbey was first found in Buckinghamshire
, where a family took on the name of the Parish of Westbury: a Walter de Westbury held the manor before 1198 and was succeeded by his son, William de Westbury prior to 1203. Other earcly records of the name occur in Worcester, where the first on record appears to be Wiiliam de Westbir listed there in 1208 in the Liber Feodorum. A John de Westbyr is listed in that same volume in Hampshire
in 1242. A deed of a gift of land in Enfield (greater London) in 1433 record a John Westbury junior, and his brother William Westbury.
Early History of the Westbey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Westbey research.Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1851, 1793, 1385, 1448, 1438, 1448, 1417, 1419, 1385, 1448, 1442, 1447 and 1784 are included under the topic Early Westbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Westbey Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Westbey are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Westbey include: Westbury, Westburie and others.
Early Notables of the Westbey family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include William de Westbury (c.
1385-1448), justice of the King's Bench in Wiltshire
in 1438; John Westbury of Hill Deverill, Wiltshire
1448), also called John de Westbury and John of Westbury, English Member of Parliament for Wiltshire
in 1417 and... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Westbey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Westbey family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Westbey or a variant listed above: Ann Westbury, a servant sent from Bristol to Barbados in 1659; Prudence Westbury, who arrived in Virginia in 1664; Edward Westbury, who settled in South Carolina sometime between 1670 and 1677.