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

The Nabors 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, Nabors most likely evolved from the term of address for someone living nearby.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Nabors family name include 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 Nabors 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 Nabors History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Nabors surname or a spelling variation of the name include: James Neighbor, who arrived in Boston in 1659; and Joseph Neighbours, a bonded passenger sent to America in 1765.

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  • James Thurston "Jim" Nabors (b. 1930), American actor and singer perhaps best known for his role as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show
  • Rachel Nabors (b. 1985), American cartoonist, artist, and graphic novelist
  • Jack Nabors (1887-1923), American professional baseball player
  • Rob Nabors (b. 1971), U.S. government official who formerly served as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget


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The Nabors Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nabors 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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