This interesting name is a good example of dialectual transposition, the derivation being from the village of Holybourne in Hampshire. The name means 'the stream (burna) in the holly trees (holegn)', the modern spellings of the name being Haliburn, Halleybone, and Hallybone with the former having retained its spelling. Throughout history - an extremely rare occurence. Most locational names were given either to the Lord of the Manor as in this case, or to former inhabitants who moved to other areas, thereby leading to variant spellings The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Stephen de Haliburn which was dated 1222, in the Kings Rolls of Hampshire during the reign of King Henry 111, known as the Frenchman 1216 - 1272 Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.