Faber History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Faber family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames in the 12th century. Faber is an occupational name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a craftsman or artisan. The name Faber is derived from the Latin word "faber," which means "ingenious" or "skillful" and refers to a master craftsman.

Early Origins of the Faber family

The surname Faber was first found in Bavaria, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Faber family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Faber research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1652, 1757, 1715, 1745, 1552, 1760, 1660, 1721, 1660, 1687, 1695 and 1756 are included under the topic Early Faber History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Faber Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Faber include Faber, Fabert, Fabers, Faeber, Fabricius (Latin) and others.

Early Notables of the Faber family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Faber in this period include Heinrich Faber (d. 1552), who was an important theorist and music historian; Kaspar Faber of Nuremberg founded the Faber lead-pencil manufacturing dynasty in 1760. John Faber the Elder (1660?-1721), was a draughtsman and mezzotint engraver, a native of the Hague, born about 1660, is usually stated to have settled in England about 1687, bringing with...
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United States Faber migration to the United States +

Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing 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 [1]
  • George Faber, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1639 [1]
Faber Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tanaquill Faber, who landed in Virginia in 1709 [1]
  • Hans Faber, who settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1712
  • Michael Faber, aged 35, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Sarah Faber, aged 33, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Frantz Nicklaus Faber, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
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Faber Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jak Fried Faber, who arrived in America in 1807 [1]
  • Christain H Faber, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807 [1]
  • Mathew Frederick Charles Faber, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1808 [1]
  • Mathew C Faber, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1811 [1]
  • Philip Angus Faber, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Cornelius Faber, who landed in Colorado in 1907 [1]

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" [2]

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 [3]
  • Paul Faber, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 1st District, 1869-70 [3]
  • Patrick Faber, American Republican politician, Candidate for Montana State Senate 40th District, 2010 [3]
  • Leander B. Faber (b. 1867), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1908; Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1920-37 [3]
  • Joshua Faber, American Republican politician, Chair of Thomas County Republican Party, 2011 [3]
  • John Faber, American Republican politician, Chair of Rawlins County Republican Party, 2011 [3]
  • Hiram Oliver Faber (1878-1961), American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1931 [3]
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  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. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MACEDON 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/macedon1853.shtml
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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