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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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  • Adlai Byron Wimberly (1892-1956), American football player for the Detroit Panthers
  • George J. "Pete" Wimberly (b. 1996), American architect known for his work in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Abner Wimberly (1926-1976), American NFL football player for the Green Bay Packers
  • Harrington Wimberly, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1944; Oklahoma Democratic State Chair, 1945
  • Harold Wimberly, American Democrat politician, Member of Tennessee Democratic State Executive Committee, 1939; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1940
  • George E. Wimberly, American politician, Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, 1971-72, 1975-76
  • F. J. Wimberly, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1896
  • Ernest C. Wimberly, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Toombs County, 1926; Resigned 1926
  • D. Wimberly, American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Edgecombe County, 1879-80, 1887-88; Member of North Carolina State Senate 5th District, 1889-90
  • Corey Wimberly, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 2004

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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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  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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