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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.

Wilbourne Early Origins



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.

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Wilbourne Spelling Variations


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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.

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Wilbourne Early History


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Wilbourne Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilbourne research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1929, 1640, 1702, 1699 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Wilbourne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wilbourne Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wilbourne Early Notables (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...

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wilbourne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wilbourne In Ireland


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Wilbourne In Ireland



Some of the Wilbourne family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wilbourne (post 1700)


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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

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    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    The Wilbourne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilbourne 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 20 December 2016 at 07:33.

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