The name Wolbern came to England
with the ancestors of the Wolbern family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wolbern family lived in Lincolnshire
. Their name is derived from the Old English word welle,
and the Old Norse word brunnr,
meaning stream or spring,
and indicates that the original bearer lived near a well by a stream or spring.
Early Origins of the Wolbern family
The surname Wolbern was first found in Lincolnshire
where they were Lords of the manor of Welbourn and conjecturally descended from a Norman noble, Robert Malet, who was granted the church and mill by King William the Conqueror in 1066. The ancestry of Robert goes back to Graville near Havre in Normandy
in 990, where he was descended from Algar, the seventh Earl of Mercia.
Early History of the Wolbern family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wolbern research.Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1929, 1640, 1702, 1699 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Wolbern History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wolbern Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Wolbern has been recorded under many different variations, including Welborne, Welborn, Welbourne, Welburn and others.
Early Notables of the Wolbern family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Welbourne (Welbourn) (executed at York, 1 August 1605), an English Roman Catholic teacher; Catholic martyr, beatified in 1929. Thomas Wellborn (also: Welbourn, Welbourne, Wellbourne), (1640-1702), served as... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wolbern Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wolbern family to Ireland
Some of the Wolbern family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wolbern family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Wolberns were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Sam, Mathew, and Robert Welbourne settled in Virginia in 1652.