Faber History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Faber family

The surname Faber was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Bury St. Edmunds who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Faber family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Faber research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1095, 1510, 1538, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Faber History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Faber Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Faber are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Faber include Faber, Fabri, Fabre, Favre and others.

Early Notables of the Faber family (pre 1700)

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United States Faber migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Faber, or a variant listed above:

Faber Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Faber, who settled in New England in 1635
  • Joseph Faber, aged 26, who landed in New England in 1635 [2]
  • George Faber, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1639 [2]
Faber Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tanaquill Faber, who landed in Virginia in 1709 [2]
  • Hans Faber, who settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1712
  • Michael Faber, aged 35, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [2]
  • Sarah Faber, aged 33, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [2]
  • Frantz Nicklaus Faber, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Faber Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jak Fried Faber, who arrived in America in 1807 [2]
  • Christain H Faber, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807 [2]
  • Mathew Frederick Charles Faber, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1808 [2]
  • Mathew C Faber, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1811 [2]
  • Philip Angus Faber, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1812 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Faber Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Corneluis Faber, who arrived in New York, NY in 1900 [2]
  • Cornelius Faber, who landed in Colorado in 1907 [2]

Australia Faber migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Faber Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • M. Faber, aged 40, a matron, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Macedon" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Faber (post 1700) +

  • Matthew Faber (1973-2020), American actor best known for his roles in Welcome to the Dollhouse, Natural Born Killers, Law & Order and Palindromes
  • Urban Clarence "Red" Faber (1888-1976), American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1914 until 1933
  • Red Faber (1888-1976), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Peter Faber, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1924, 1928 [4]
  • Paul Faber, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 1st District, 1869-70 [4]
  • Patrick Faber, American Republican politician, Candidate for Montana State Senate 40th District, 2010 [4]
  • Leander B. Faber (b. 1867), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1908; Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1920-37 [4]
  • Joshua Faber, American Republican politician, Chair of Thomas County Republican Party, 2011 [4]
  • John Faber, American Republican politician, Chair of Rawlins County Republican Party, 2011 [4]
  • Hiram Oliver Faber (1878-1961), American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1931 [4]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MACEDON 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/macedon1853.shtml
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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