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The name Wybirk is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from Wigburh, a feminine name meaning "war-fortress." It was recorded once in 901 (as a personal name) and did not appear again until the 12th century. The record of the name from the 12th century is from Suffolk, where Wyburgh was recorded in church records in Bury, sometime between the years 1182 and 1211. This makes this name a metronymic vernacular name. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of metronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages. For example, the court of Charlemagne (742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German was commonly used for personal names. Vernacular names were widespread throughout Normandy. Accordingly, many typical English and French names are in fact, originally of Germanic origin and often have cognates in other European countries.

Early Origins of the Wybirk family


The surname Wybirk was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Early History of the Wybirk family

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Early History of the Wybirk family


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Another 294 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1461 is included under the topic Early Wybirk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wybirk Spelling Variations

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Wybirk Spelling Variations


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Wybirk has been spelled many different ways, including Wybrew, Wibbery, Wybbery, Whybrew, Whybrow, Wyebrough, Wybrow and many more.

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Early Notables of the Wybirk family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Wybirk family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Wybirk family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Wybirk family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Wybirks to arrive in North America: John Wyberry settled in Barbados in 1635.

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