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Where did the English Wimberly family come from? What is the English Wimberly family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wimberly family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wimberly family history?

The Wimberly surname is most likely of Anglo-Saxon origin, and in its earliest forms appeared as Wynderlick and similar variants.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Wimbaldesley, Wymbaldesley, Wimbaldsley, Wimbaldeslegh, Wimberley, Wimbersley, Wimberleigh, Wymbersley, Wemberesley, Whimberley, Winmarleigh, Wimbley, Wembly, Winberry, Wimberly and many more.

First found in Winmarleigh, Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times. The Domesday Book lists a Wimbald and his four sons, as well as several listings of the name of Wimbaldlai. Bearers of this family name came to own land in Cheshire and Lancaster. During the reign of Henry III (1216-1272,) Gregory de Wimberley held lands in Lancashire, known as Winmarleigh. In 1344, a Thomas de Wimbersley, styled "le Gentil," became a part owner of the Winmarleigh manor.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wimberly research. Another 230 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wimberly History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 22 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wimberly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wimberly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Wimberly, who received a land grant of 300 acres in Nansemond County, Virginia in 1672 and an additional 400 acre land grant in 1673 for paying the passage of other persons to the Virginia Colony
  • William Wimberly and Peter Wimberly, who arrived in Virginia in 1672 as indentured servants of Thomas Milner, who received his land grant on Dumplin Island, Nansemond County

Wimberly Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Mitter Wimberly, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Marie Luise Wimberly, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Brown Wimberly, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Robert W. Wimberly, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1922
  • William Wimberly, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923

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  • Abner Wimberly (1926-1976), American NFL football player for the Green Bay Packers
  • George J. "Pete" Wimberly (b. 1996), American architect known for his work in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Adlai Byron Wimberly (1892-1956), American football player for the Detroit Panthers
  • Lorris May Wimberly Sr. (1898-1962), Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
  • Rev. Elijah Wimberly (1800-1876), Methodist preacher


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  • Wimberly Family History by Vera Meek Wimberly.
  • The Descendants of Joseph Ratcliff of Bienville Parish, Louisiana: Including the Families of Jeter, Wimberly, daivs, Dubberly, Wood, Hardy, Carmichael, Mathews, Norris, McKinney by Jane Calncy Debenport.
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