Early Origins of the Willbur family
The surname Willbur was first found in Huntingdonshire, where the name appeared in the 13th century. The name Willbur, like many surnames, comes from a personal name
, 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 personal name
did not appear in any records beyond the 11th century, it must have still been in use, probably by peasants, since the Willbur name no doubt originates from it.
Early History of the Willbur family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willbur research.Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1595, 1656, 1622 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Willbur History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Willbur Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Wilbur, Willbur, Wilbeorht, Wylbert, Wilbert and others.
Early Notables of the Willbur family (pre 1700)
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 Willbur Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Willbur family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Peter Wilbert, who arrived in North America in 1616; along with Nikol Wilbert who arrived at the same time. Later came Samuel Wilbert, who arrived in Boston in 1633 and David Wilbur, who came to Nova Scotia in 1760..