Willbraham


Willbraham
Recorded in the spellngs of Wilbraham, Willbraham and Wilbram, this unusual name is English. It is of locational origins from either "Wilbraham", a manor in Cheshire or "Great and Little Wilbraham" in Cambridgeshire, the latter recorded as "Wilburgeham" in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, circa 1000, and "Wilburham Magna, Parva" in the Valuation of Norwich, 1254. The place name itself is composed of the Old English female personal name "Wilburg", made up of "Wil", desire and "burh", fortress, plus the second element "-ham", the Old English word for "enclosure, water meadow". The surname first appears in records in the mid 13th Century, (see below). William de Wilburgham was mentioned in 1286, in the Calendar of Patent Rolls. Margret, daughter of John and Ann Wilbraham was christened at Nantwich, Cheshire on April 8th 1543, while at Prestbury, in Cheshire, Ann Wilbram married Randall Lawton on June 26th 1572. One Thomas Wilbraham, one of the early settlers in the New World, was a small landowner in St. George the Barbadoes in 1679. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard de Wilburgham, which was dated 1259, "Shirley's Noble and Gentle Men", during the reign of King Henry 111, "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Charles Willbraham Watson Ford — (born 1896, date of death unknown) was an officer in the British Indian Army during World War II. Willbraham may also be spelled Wilbraham. As part of Paiforce (formerly Iraqforce), Brigadier Ford commanded the 19th Indian Brigade of the Indian… …   Wikipedia

  • Hadley Wood — infobox UK place country = England map type = Greater London region= London population= official name= Hadley Wood constituency westminster= Enfield Southgate post town= BARNET postcode area= EN postcode district= EN4 london borough= Enfield dial …   Wikipedia

  • Adam Palencia — Football player infobox playername = Xavi Palencia fullname = Adam Xavier Palencia nickname = dateofbirth = birth date and age|1984|8|18 cityofbirth = Framingham, Massachusetts countryofbirth = USA clubnumber = 6 position = Centre midfielder (CM) …   Wikipedia

  • List of World War II topics (C) — # C 108 Flying Fortress # C 46 Commando # C 47 Skytrain # C 54 Skymaster # C 76 Caravan # C 87 Liberator Express # C 14 class missile boat # C Force # C. Douglas Dillon # C. Dupre # C. Farris Bryant # C. J. Bolin # C. P. Stacey # C. R. Boxer # C …   Wikipedia

  • Wilbraham — Recorded in the spellngs of Wilbraham, Willbraham and Wilbram, this surname is English. It is locational, and originates from either Wilbraham, a manor in the county of Cheshire or the adjoining villages known as Great and Little Wilbraham in… …   Surnames reference


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.