Wimberly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Wimberly family

The surname Wimberly was 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. [1]

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.

The Memorials - Family of Wimberley notes the following: "The family of Wimberley or Wimbaldesley was settled at an early date, and held manors in the counties of Cheshire and Lancaster. The name is found spelt in sundry old deeds and records in different ways, viz., Wimbaldesley, Wymbaldesley, Wimbaldsley, Wimbaldeslegh, Wimberley, Wimbersley, Wimberleigh, Wymberslcy, Wemberesley, Whimberley, and probably Winmarleigh. As late as the year A.D. 1569, in a will made by one of the family, the name is found Wimberley, Wymberley, and Wymberlie."

"The names of four sons of Wimbald are registered in Domesday Book, viz., Wimbald, Leofwin, Albert, and Levenot. Sundry manors are registered in the same book under the name of Wimbaldlai, indicating a Saxon origin. We find from Lyson's Magna Britannia, vol. II., part II., p. 694, that one of these in Cheshire retained its ancient name in his time. He says - " The manor of Wimbersley or Wimbaldesley, with the hall of Lee, Ley, or Lea, belonged anciently to the family of Wimbaldesley ; it was afterwards for several generations in the family of Holt, and appears to have passed about the year 1495 to the Cottons, who in 1545 sold it to the Breretons of Ashley."

Early History of the Wimberly family

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Wimberly Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Wimberly family (pre 1700)

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Wimberly Ranking

In the United States, the name Wimberly is the 3,843rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [2]


United States Wimberly migration to the United States +

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 immigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Robert W. Wimberly, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1922
  • William Wimberly, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Wimberly (post 1700) +

  • Shirley G. Wimberly (d. 1963), American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, 1942, 1946; District Judge in Louisiana, 1956-63 [3]
  • Thomas C. Wimberly Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 23rd District, 1966, 1968 [3]
  • Paullette Sims Wimberly (b. 1945), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Florida, 1988 [3]
  • John D. Wimberly, American politician, Mayor of Kingsport, Tennessee, 1954-55 [3]
  • Lorris M. Wimberly, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1950 [3]
  • Jesse Wimberly, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1888 [3]
  • J. Rush Wimberly, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1936 [3]
  • Harrington Wimberly, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1944; Oklahoma Democratic State Chair, 1945 [3]
  • Harold Wimberly, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Tennessee Democratic State Executive Committee, 1939; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1940 [3]
  • George E. Wimberly, American politician, Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, 1971-72, 1975-76 [3]
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Paul Edwin Wimberly, American Gunner's Mate Third Class from Tennessee, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [4]


Suggested Readings for the name Wimberly +

  • 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.

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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