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Early Origins of the Wilebore family

The surname Wilebore was first found in Lancashire where William Wyldebar was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1242. A few years later, William Wylebor was found in Yorkshire in 1307. 1

The name is a "nickname from the Wild Boar." 2 "The early, or Anglo-Saxon, form of the word is preserved in the surname Wilbar (pronounced Wilebar) from mild, and bar, a boar." 3

By the time of the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379, two of the family held lands there at the time: Willelmus Wyldebore; and Johannes Wildebore. 4

However another source has a slightly different origin for the family: "Wildbore is another Nottinghamshire name now rare in the county. There were freeholders of the name at Misterton and at other places in the county in 1698." 5

Wildbore House is generally believed to have been located in the town of Knottingley, Yorkshire but the house was demolished when its land was mined as a quarry.

Early History of the Wilebore family

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Wilebore Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wildbore, Wildeboer, Wyldbore, Wilber, Wylber, Wyldebore, Wilebore and many more.

Early Notables of the Wilebore family

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Migration of the Wilebore family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Samuel Wildbore, who came to Boston in 1633; and Henry Wilber, who was naturalized in Indiana in 1848.

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  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print. on Facebook