Arber History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Arber is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a person who ran a lodging house. This surname is a metonymic form of the surname Harberer, and is derived from the Old English word herebeorg, which means shelter or lodging.

Early Origins of the Arber family

The surname Arber was first found in the English county of Suffolk in the south east where they had been settled from very ancient times.

Early History of the Arber family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arber research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1596, 1679, 1635, 1692, 1689 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Arber History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arber Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Arber 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 Arber include: Arbour, Arbor, Harbord, Harbard, Hardboard, Harboard, Harber, Harbot and many more.

Early Notables of the Arber family (pre 1700)

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Arber migration to the United States +

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 Arber or a variant listed above:

Arber Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adolph Arber, who landed in Arkansas in 1896 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Arber (post 1700) +

  • Agnes Arber (1879-1960), English botanist and philosopher
  • Werner Arber (b. 1929), Swiss microbiologist


The Arber Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Equanimiter
Motto Translation: With equanimity.


  1. ^ 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)


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