The surname Wilbur was first found in Huntingdonshire, where the name appeared in the 13th century. The name Wilbur, like many surnames, comes from a
, in this case the Old English name Wilbeorht, which meant "will-bright." The personal version of the name was uncommon, even in its early days and had faded into near non-existence by the time the surname first appeared. Though the
did not appear in any records beyond the 11th century, it must have still been in use, probably by peasants, since the Wilbur name no doubt originates from it.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilbur research.Another 33 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1595, 1656, 1622 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Wilbur History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Notables of this surname at this time include: Samuel Wilbore (c.
1595-1656) from Exssex, one of the founding settlers of Portsmouth in the Colony of Rhode Island... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wilbur Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.