|Do people have difficulty spelling your name?||Here
are some variants extracted from Kentish documents between 1350 and
1800: Osborne, Osbourne, Osbarn,
Osburne, Ossbourne, Osbarne, Osburn, Osebarn, Usborne, Usbourne, Useborn,
Usbound, Usburne, Usboorn, Usbourn, Usborn, Usbarn, Usband, Usbaine, Usberne, Usbounne,
Usbond, Usbern, Husburne. Irregular spelling makes family research difficult before 1600.
(Oxford English Dictionary.)
Erratic spelling Usbourne/Osborn/Usbaine is found in parish registers etc until spelling stabilised in the nineteenth century.
|What is the origin of the name?||According to the Penguin Dictionary of Surnames "the prefix os- (or us-) is old norse for "god man"/warrior while -borne (bjørn in Scandinavia) means bear". Warrior/god bear?|
|How is the name pronounced?||For the first half of the 20th century the English pronunciation was always "Uzbn". Most of the family now say "Uzborn".|
|Which are the commonest Christian names?||
Boys: Thomas:21, John:20, William:10,
Girls: Elizabeth:16, Mary:12, Ann,Anne,Anna:9.
|Where do I look for fame and fortune?||
The family is better at fortune than fame.
Fortune can make dull reading.
We have produced landed gents, entrepreneurs, politicians, clergymen,
soldiers and sailors, an explorer, scientists, journalists and a publisher. The family is uniformly middle class, rarely climbing up the ladder or down. There are two townships called Usborne, Mount Usborne, Port Usborne, Usborne Island, Usborne Passage and several Usborne streets. For colour see:
Henry b.1778; Alexander b.1809; Thomas b.1840; Dorothy b.1887;
Maria, b.1850; Edith b.1854; Neville b.1883; Thomas b.1811.
is Mount Usborne in the Falklands so called?
Mount Usborne is named after
Assistant in HMS Beagle 1831-36.
|What is the origin of Usborne Mews in south London?||
"Usborne Mews was a development by Usborne Developments plc and carried out in 1985/86 on a thin strip of land which was formerly a bus station. Shortly thereafter the company was taken over as a cash shell and had a pig breeding business injected into it; seems like they went from making one type of pig's ear to another!" Mews resident
|What is the family connection with the Usborne Township, Huron, Canada?||
Named after Henry Usborne (1778-1840), one of the first directors of the Canada Company
|What is the family connection with the rural municipality of "Usborne No 310" near Lanigan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada?||
Not known if there is a family connection.
The Rural Municipality can be found at 51º45N 105º10W. It covers 313 square kilometers and in 2006 had 566 residents (0.7 inhabitants to the sq mile). There are 222 domestic houses occupied full time; 24 occupied part time.
|What is the family connection with Lac Usborne in Quebec?||It is not certain whether this was named after Henry Usborne or his cousin George Usborne. Both were timber barons based in Portage du Fort and Arnprior.(1825-1860). See Lac Usborne|
does the family (or some of them) share a Coat of Arms with the Duke of
The Leeds coat of arms was first registered at the Herald's Visitation of London in 1568 to Edward Osborne. At a time when the names Usborne and Osborne were interchangeable Richard Osborne of Ashford, Kent married Jane Broughton and had a son Edward in 1530. Edward became apprenticed to Sir William Hewett whose house stood on old London Bridge. One day a careless maid dropped the four year old daughter Ann into the river Thames. Against all odds Edward dived in and rescued the unhappy child. From then on Sir William treated Edward as his own son and twenty years later Edward and Ann were married. Edward inherited Sir William's business interests and became a highly successful cloth merchant. In 1582 he was installed Lord Mayor of London and knighted shortly after. Edward's great-grandson Thomas Osborne was born in 1632. He achieved high political office (Lord High Treasurer in 1673) interspersed with stretches in the Tower of London accused of "tyrannical rule, favouring the popish party and wasting the king's revenue". In spite of this he was created Baron Osborne, Viscount Latimer (1673), Earl of Danby (1674), Marquis of Carmarthen and finally Duke of Leeds (Leeds in Yorkshire) in 1694. He died in 1712. The stately home he built at Kiveton Park, near Sheffield was demolished in 1811 in mysterious circumstances and the family moved to Hornby castle. See family tree.
is the family connection with Loddenden Manor
in Staplehurst, Kent, England?
is a fine half-timbered 16thC.Yeoman's house in Staplehurst, Kent. It is
incorrectly known as Loddenden Manor. The Usborne family were living in
the area from 1350 to 1908. This was a separate
branch of the family which has now died out. The last male Usborne was Edward who died in 1828 leaving the estate to his wife
Anne. When she died in 1875 her niece Elizabeth Sarah Downing inherited
By a remarkable coincidence she married a member of our branch of the
family called Thomas Starling Usborne. They had no children. Thomas died
in 1903 and his wife in 1906. The estate was sold out of the family in 1908.
Click to find out more
See "The Usbornes of Loddenden" by H.S.Cowper privately printed in 1914.
you know that Ireland continued to export corn through the famine years
Thomas Masters Usborne was exporting corn from Ireland in 1846. In July of that
year he sent 1,663 barrels of oats from Limerick to London and 25qrs
oats & 20 tons of oatmeal from Galway to London.
See photo-copy of newspaper report headed "Port of Limerick Shipping Intelligence" July 1846 on page 84 of "A history of Ireland" by Robert Kee.
|Who was responsible for researching our family origins?||The
family tree is a remarkable work of historical research from the 1920's
and 1930's by Major Thomas Masters Usborne (b.1866) of
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