Origin of the Name Hepburn
The ancient history of the name Hepburn
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Hepburn is a Scottish name with roots back to Northumberland. These families are of ancient and powerful origins the founder of the family being Adam de Hepburne, whose name was also rendered as 'de Hylburne'. He was taken prisoner by the Earl of March, who afterwards gave him lands in East Lothian in return for saving his life from a savage horse. He and his spouse, Mariote Fourbuire, had a Charter of the lands of Trepprane of David II, from the Earl of March. He also had other Charters of Southalls and Northalls which had been forfeited by Hew Gourlay of Beinstoun. At one time the Hepburns held great sway in East Lothian but their influence later diminished.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
Hepburn is often rendered as Heyburn in Ulster .
The Hepburn coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Hepburn descendants.