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Where did the English Whitburn family come from? When did the Whitburn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Whitburn family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitborn, Whitbourn, Whitbourne, Witborn, Witbourn, Witbourne, Whiteborn, Whitebourn, Whitebourne, Whytebourn, Wytbourn, Whitbarn and many more.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1327 when Thomas de Whitbourn held lands.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitburn research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Whitburn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Whitburn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitburn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Caroline Whitburn arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Rajah"
  • Caroline Whitburn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849
  • Mary Whitburn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849
  • John Whitburn, aged 25, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lady Macdonald"


Whitburn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Whitburn arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873
  • Ellen Whitburn arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873

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  • Mr. Lesie V Whitburn, British Steward, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking


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