Show ContentsBabir History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Babir first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Baber, in the county of Suffolk. There is also a place in Cornwall called Baber (sometimes known as St. Dominick) from which some cases of the name may originate, but it is of later origin than the one in Suffolk.

"This surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Baber.' Mr. Lower derives it from the Hundred of Babergh, Suffolk. But in the Cornwall Directory occurs a place called Baber, seemingly the same as St. Dominick. Baber is a familiar Devon and Cornwall surname. " [1]

Significantly, one source notes that the name could have been Gaelic in origin, from "Babair or Basbair, a fencer or swordsman; one who, by his blows, produced death; from Bas, death, and fear, a man." [2]

Early Origins of the Babir family

The surname Babir was first found in Cambridgeshire, where Henry Babre was registered in the Hundrendorum Rolls of 1273. [1]

Early History of the Babir family

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Babir Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Babir has appeared include Baber, Babre, Bayber, Baybre, Babar, Baybar, Babor, Babir and many more.

Early Notables of the Babir family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Edward Baber (1532-1578), an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Bath (1571 to 1572); John Baber (1593-1644), an English lawyer and politician, Member of Parliament for Wells (1628-1629) and in 1640; and Sir John Baber, M.D. (1625-1704), an English physician to Charles II. He was the son of John Baber, recorder of Wells, Somersetshire, and was born 18 April 1625. He was educated at Westminster school, whence he...
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Migration of the Babir family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Babir arrived in North America very early: Francis Baber, who sailed to Massachusettes in 1635. Robert Baber journeyed to Virginia in 1663 and Nick Baber sailed to Philadelphia in 1838.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print on Facebook