Wilbourne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Wilbourne reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wilbourne family 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 Wilbourne family
The surname Wilbourne 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 Wilbourne family
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Wilbourne Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wilbourne family name include Welborne, Welborn, Welbourne, Welburn and others.
Early Notables of the Wilbourne 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 Wilbourne family
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Wilbourne family to immigrate North America: Sam, Mathew, and Robert Welbourne settled in Virginia in 1652.
Contemporary Notables of the name Wilbourne (post 1700) +
- John Wilbourne, American minor league baseball player for the 1946 Wilmington Pirates
- Collie Wilbourne, American politician, Member of the 45th and 46th Texas Legislature
- David Wilbourne (b. 1955), Welsh bishop in the Church in Wales in the Diocese of Llandaff
- Alexander Wilbourne Weddell (1876-1948), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, 1933-38; Spain, 1939-42 
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