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Where did the English Abrar family come from? When did the Abrar family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Abrar family history?

The Abrar name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Abrar was originally a name given to someone who worked as a person who was known as the taborer, the player on the small drum. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. These surnames were frequently derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products, in this case the tabor. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Abrar are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Abrar include: Taber, Tabert, Tabor and others.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abrar research. Another 275 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Abrar History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Abrar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Abrar or a variant listed above: Richard Tabert settled in Jamaica in 1654; Ebert Taber from England settled in New England in 1709; B. C.W. Charles, H.E. H.H. and Mrs. S.F. Taber, all arrived in San Francisco in 1853.

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