Fabens History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Fabens family

The surname Fabens was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of 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 1184 when Fabianus of Cam held estates in that shire.

Important Dates for the Fabens family

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Fabens Spelling Variations

Fabens has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Fabian, Fabyan, Fabien, Fabyn, Fabyen and others.

Early Notables of the Fabens family (pre 1700)

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Fabens migration to the United States

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Fabenss to arrive on North American shores:

Fabens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Fabens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C Fabens, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fabens (post 1700)

  • Samuel E. Fabens, American politician, U.S. Consul in Cayenne, 1857-67 [2]
  • Joseph W. Fabens, American politician, U.S. Consul in Cayenne, 1844-53 [2]


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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