Westbury History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Westbury surname is a habitational name from any of various places named Westbury, for example in Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Shropshire, Somerset, 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 Westbury family

The surname Westbury 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 Westbury family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Westbury research. Another 29 words (2 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 Westbury History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Westbury Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Westbury has been recorded under many different variations, including Westbury, Westburie and others.

Early Notables of the Westbury 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 (died ca. 1448), also called John de Westbury and John of Westbury, English Member of Parliament for Wiltshire in 1417 and...
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United States Westbury migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Westbury or a variant listed above:

Westbury Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • 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
  • Thomas Westbury, who arrived in the Leeward Islands in 1679
Westbury Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Westbury Jr. who arrived in New York, NY in 1830

Australia Westbury migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Westbury Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Westbury, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Himalaya" [1]
  • Mary A. Westbury, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Himalaya" [1]
  • Joseph Westbury, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Himalaya" in 1849 [1]

New Zealand Westbury migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Westbury Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Westbury, aged 33, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Ann Westbury, aged 30, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Luther Westbury, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Emily Westbury, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Frederick Westbury, aged 17, a cow keeper, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
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Contemporary Notables of the name Westbury (post 1700) +

  • Edgar T. Westbury (1896-1970), British model engineer, a major contributor to the English recreational magazine Model Engineer
  • Marjorie Westbury (1905-1989), English radio actress and singer
  • Marcus Westbury (b. 1974), Australian urbanist, festival director, TV presenter, writer and broadcaster
  • June Westbury (1921-2004), New Zealand-born, Canadian politician who was member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1979 to 1981
  • Isabelle Mary Geraldine "Izzy" Westbury (b. 1990), British international cricketer and former president of the Oxford Union
  • Peter Westbury (1938-2015), British racing driver who participated in two World Championship Formula One Grands Prix


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The HIMALAYA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Himalaya.htm


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