Origins of surname
The family originated in a commune of the same name in Northumberland. The name is derived from the old English 'heah' = high and 'byrgen' = burial ground.
There are many strange ways in which family names originated, but who would choose to be associated with a burial ground, if they had the choice?
The name first appears in Jersey church records in the 1760s with the baptism of the children of James Hepburn and Eleanor Spalden (or Spaldon).
- Hepburn baptisms in Jersey
- Hepburn marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Hepburn marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Hepburn burials in Jersey
Great War service
- Henry Hepburn (1880- ) (St H) son of Thomas and Rosa Eliza, husbandof Clara, ex-RMIJ, Private, Hampshire Regiment
These wills created by members of the Hepburn family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- John Hepburn of the Farm L'Asile des Aliénés - 2 March 1892, D/Y/A/51
- Julia Hepburn of St Helier - 5 December 1883, D/Y/A/43
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