The name Whilburn was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Whilburn family lived in Lincolnshire
. Their name is derived from the Old English word welle,
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 Whilburn family
The surname Whilburn 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 Whilburn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whilburn research.Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1929, 1640, 1702, 1699 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Whilburn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whilburn Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Whilburn are characterized by many spelling variations
. 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. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Whilburn include Welborne, Welborn, Welbourne, Welburn and others.
Early Notables of the Whilburn 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... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whilburn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whilburn family to Ireland
Some of the Whilburn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whilburn family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Whilburn, or a variant listed above: Sam, Mathew, and Robert Welbourne settled in Virginia in 1652.