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Where did the English Nabor family come from? What is the English Nabor family crest and coat of arms? When did the Nabor family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Nabor family history?

The Nabor surname is derived from the Middle English word neighbor, which in turn comes from the Old English words "ne-ah," meaning "near," and "gebur," or "a dweller." As a name, Nabor most likely evolved from the term of address for someone living nearby.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Nabor have been found, including Neighbour, Naybor, Nabor, Naibor, Neibor, Naybore, Nabors, Naybors, Neighbor, Neybor, Neybour, Naybour, Naybore, Neighbore, Nerboro, Nerborough and many more.

First found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence on English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1222 when Ralph Neighbour held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nabor research. Another 352 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1309, 1327, 1450, 1455, 1463, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Nabor History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Nabor, or a variant listed above:

Nabor Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Diedrich Nabor, who landed in Missouri in 1838

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The Nabor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nabor Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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