Boy name origins & meanings
- Old English : Born of the earth
Family name origins & meanings
- 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.