Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Hayburn, Hepbourn, Heyburn
Category: 3 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way on a global basis.
Contact: Mr Brad Hepburn
There are a number of Hepburn's who have espoused greatness. Some of the most well known include:
The majority of Hepburns have historically been found in Scotland and continues to be a prominent surname in Midlothian (Edinburgh), the original seat of Clan Hepburn.
Between 1864 and 1959 there were 605 Hepburn and variant births registered with the General Register Offices in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
According to the Office of National Statistics database there are some 2692 Hepburn, 296 Heyburn and 92 Hayburn surnames in use in England, Wales and the Isle of Mann as of September 2002.
The Scotch-Irish Hepburns in Northern Ireland trace their ancestry to Scotland descending from Scottish Lowland Presbyterians who were encouraged by the English government to migrate to Ulster in the seventeenth century. Economic pressures, including steadily increasing rents on their land, frequent crop failures, and the collapse of the linen trade, coupled with the belief in greater opportunity abroad, caused many of these Scotch-Irish Hepburns to leave for the American colonies during the eighteenth and nineteenth century.
In the Griffiths Valuation survey of Irish property ownership conducted by the Irelands Valuation office from 1848 to 1864 there were 63 Hepburns and variants recorded, predominantly in counties in the north of Ireland (1 Cork, 1 Wexford,1 Fermanagh, 2 Carlow, 2 Dublin, 6 Donegal, 6 Derry, 7 Tyrone, 10 Roscommon, 11 Down, 19 Armagh).
Information held on the Hepburn One-name study website (www.hepburnofdonegal.com) includes:
Please visit my own Hepburn One-name study website for more information: www.hepburnofdonegal.com
For help with Ulster family history research, please visit www.ulsterancestry.com
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