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Meaning and Origin of: Claiborne

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Born of the earth

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : It has been proposed that this may be a variant of Cliburn, but the latter is a northwestern English name whereas Claiborne is found mostly in Norfolk and the southeast, so it is more probably from a lost place in that part of England, perhaps named with Old English clǣg ‘clay’ + burne ‘spring’, ‘stream’.
  • William Claiborne (c.1600–77) was a founding colonist in VA. His descendant, William Charles Claiborne (1775–1817) was the first governor of LA.