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Contributor Contrib.babycrookston on 11/4/2013
Means "person from Wilberfoss", Yorkshire ("Wilburh's ditch"). This is borne by Wilberforce University, a university in Xenia, Ohio, USA, founded in 1856 and named in honour of the British philanthropist and anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce (1759-1833). A fictional bearer of the surname is Mrs Wilberforce, the canny little old lady whose house is commandeered by crooks in the film 'The Ladykillers' (1955).