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The surname Wilber was first found in Lancashire 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 1242 when William Wyldebar held estates in that shire.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wildbore, Wildeboer, Wyldbore, Wilber, Wylber, Wyldebore, Wilebore and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilber research. Another 290 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1307, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Wilber History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wilber Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Samuel Wilber, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633

Wilber Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Wilber, who was naturalized in Indiana in 1848
  • J Wilber, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • T Wilber, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • Reuben Wilber, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 11th District, 1830-33
  • Mark D. Wilber, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, 1885-89
  • George I. Wilber, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1904
  • Eugene Wilber, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 10th Circuit, 1894-99
  • David N. Wilber, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Dutchess County 2nd District, 1932
  • David Forrest Wilber (1859-1928), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New York 21st District, 1895-99; U.S. Consul in Barbados, 1903-05; Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1924-27
  • David Wilber (1820-1890), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New York, 1873-75, 1879-81, 1887-90
  • Cortland A. Wilber, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1916; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 34th District, 1916
  • Roland Wilber, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1960
  • W. W. Wilber, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1876; Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1876

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  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Wilber Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilber Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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