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Date: Jul 2019
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Surnames/tags: Mewborn Mewboorn Newbern
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Please contact the project leader Ian Macdonald or leave a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

The start point is descent from Thomas Mewboorn, c1688-1749, of Bertie County, North Carolina. The name is commonly spelt Mewborn and in some lines an 'N' was adopted giving Newborn or, more commonly, Newbern (and various other variants such as Mewbourn or Mewbourne and N equivalents).

Currently there is a fairly fully defined descent from Thomas covering the next five generations after him. It is focussed on the male line but includes welcome contributions of offspring from a number of the females. The male line may not be complete and there may be elements that can be improved - all suggestions are welcome.

It seems likely that Newborn and Newbern were also names held by or adopted by immigrants who arrived later than the early Mewborn spread, so DNA studies will be needed to determine relationships and origins for all of todays name holders.

Several of the early Mewborns were also slave owners and today there are a good number of black name holders. This study may be helpful in establishing aspects of origins. Profiles for all name holders are important to the study.


A tree covering the first seven generations from Thomas Mewboorn is already hosted by the Guild of One-Name Studies at http://mewborn.one-name.net. That tree is heavily dependent on sources so if you have an interest in this name you may wish to take a look at it (especially before editing entries on Wikitree).


A history of the early Mewborn descent, covering the first seven generations, has been published, with 56 family trees, in The Journal of Genealogy and Family History, Vol.4 Supplement (2020). It can be found at the DoI: https://doi.org/10.24240/23992964.2020.1234528

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The Mewborn Name Study is also registered with the Guild of One Name Studies.

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