Wilburn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Wilburn is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wilburn 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 Wilburn family
The surname Wilburn 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 Wilburn family
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Wilburn Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Wilburn are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wilburn include Welborne, Welborn, Welbourne, Welburn and others.
Early Notables of the Wilburn 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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Wilburn migration to the United States +
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Wilburn, or a variant listed above:
Wilburn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- G Wilburn, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
- William Wilburn, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860 
Contemporary Notables of the name Wilburn (post 1700) +
- Tom Wilburn (1928-2015), American hospital executive, founder of TriHealth
- Leila Ross Wilburn (1885-1967), American early 20th century architect
- Captain Newton Jasper Wilburn (1874-1927), Kentucky National Guard officer who played a crucial part in ending the Black Patch Tobacco Wars
- Jimmy Wilburn (1908-1984), American racecar driver inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1994
- Barry Wilburn (b. 1963), former professional American football player
- Walter Wilburn, American Republican politician, Supervisor of Bedford Township, Monroe County, Michigan, 2007-09; Defeated in primary, 2012 
- Jake Wilburn, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives 130th District, 2012 
- Eugene Wilburn, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1948 
- Master Sergeant Wilburn Kirby Ross (1922-2017), American Army soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944 for his actions on October 30, 1944
- Wilburn Glynn Griffing (b. 1940), retired American NFL football quarterback for the New York Giants
Historic Events for the Wilburn family +
Arrow Air Flight 1285
- Mr. Darnell Wilburn (b. 1954), American Staff Sergeant from Chicago, Illinois, USA who died in the crash 
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550