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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.

Wilborn Early Origins



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.

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Wilborn Spelling Variations


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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.

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Wilborn Early History


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Wilborn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilborn research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1605 and 1929 are included under the topic Early Wilborn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wilborn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wilborn Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wilborn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wilborn (post 1700)


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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

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. 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).
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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    The Wilborn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilborn 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.

    This page was last modified on 3 January 2016 at 14:35.

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