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Early Origins of the Wilbraham family

The surname Wilbraham was first found in Cheshire where they were descended from Sir Richard Wilburgham who was Lord of Wymincham, the Sheriff of Chester. Many of the family were found in the township of Fadiley in the union and hundred of Nantwich. "This place was anciently esteemed an appendage of the manor of Baddiley, but the owners of Woodhey here had, at an early period, a manor which became vested in the earls of Dysart, by the marriage of the coheiress of Sir Thomas Wilbraham with Lionel, Lord Huntingtower, in 1680. A domestic chapel was built at Woodhey by the relict of Sir Thomas Wilbraham, who, in 1703, endowed it with a rent-charge of £25. " 1

Early History of the Wilbraham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilbraham research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1579, 1601, 1630, 1632, 1643, 1654, 1660, 1679, 1681, 1692 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Wilbraham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wilbraham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wilbraham, Wilburgham, Willbraham and others.

Early Notables of the Wilbraham family

Notables of the family at this time include

United States Wilbraham migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wilbraham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James, Saul, Thomas, Wilbraham, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1852 and 1866
  • Henry Wilbraham, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1863 2
  • George Wilbraham, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 2
  • Thomas James Wilbraham, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879 2

Australia Wilbraham migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Wilbraham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

West Indies Wilbraham migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 4
Wilbraham Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Wilbraham, who settled in Barbados in 1679

Contemporary Notables of the name Wilbraham (post 1700) +

  • Roger Bootle- Wilbraham (b. 1945), 7th Baron Skelmersdale
  • Lionel Bootle- Wilbraham (1896-1973), 6th Baron Skelmersdale
  • Arthur George Bootle- Wilbraham (1876-1969), 5th Baron Skelmersdale
  • Edward William Bootle- Wilbraham (1895-1930), 3rd Earl of Lathom, 4th Baron Skelmersdale
  • Edward George Bootle- Wilbraham (1864-1910), 2nd Earl of Lathom, 3rd Baron Skelmersdale
  • Edward Wilbraham (1837-1898), 1st Earl of Lathom, 2nd Baron Skelmersdale
  • Edward Bootle- Wilbraham (1837-1898), 2nd Baron Skelmersdale
  • Edward Bootle- Wilbraham (1771-1853), 1st Baron Skelmersdale
  • Sir Richard Baker Wilbraham (b. 1934), 8th Baronet, High Sheriff of Cheshire
  • Sir Randle John Baker Wilbraham (1906-1980), 7th Baronet
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Wilbraham Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In portu quies
Motto Translation: There is rest in port.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 2nd December 2020). Retrieved from
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