Wilborn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Wilborn family name to the British Isles. They lived in Lincolnshire. Their name is derived from the Old English word welle, meaning well, 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 Wilborn family
The surname Wilborn 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 Wilborn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilborn research. Another 42 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1929, 1640, 1702, 1699 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Wilborn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wilborn Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Welborne, Welborn, Welbourne, Welburn and others.
Early Notables of the Wilborn 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...
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Migration of the Wilborn family
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wilborn or a variant listed above: Sam, Mathew, and Robert Welbourne settled in Virginia in 1652.
Contemporary Notables of the name Wilborn (post 1700) +
- Charles M. Wilborn, American Academy Award nominated sound engineer for the film Days of Thunder
- Claude Edward Wilborn (1912-1992), American Major League Baseball right fielder for the Boston Bees in 1940
- Dave Wilborn (1904-1982), American jazz singer and banjoist, member of McKinney's Cotton Pickers
- Thaddeaus Inglehart "Ted" Wilborn (b. 1958), American retired Major League Baseball outfielder from Waco, Texas
- W. Stephen Wilborn, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Kentucky State House of Representatives 58th District, 1973 
- W. H. Wilborn, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1952 
- Richard Wilborn (b. 1945), American Republican politician, Insurance business; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 2004 
- Wilborn Everett Bankston (1893-1970), American Major League Baseball outfielder
- Wilborn Briscoe, American politician, Member of Mississippi Territorial House of Representatives, 1813-17 
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