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Early Origins of the Fabian family

The surname Fabian was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat in the year 1184. Fabianus of Cam held estates in that shire at that time. [1] The name has two possible origins: from the ancient personal name, the Latin Fabianus; [2] and from the Latin Fabius, Faba, a bean-the bean-man, so called from his success in cultivating beans. [3]

Other early records of the family include: Willelmus filius Fabiani, identical with William Fabian in the Curia Regis Rolls of Essex in 1220; and William Fabien from Norfolk, 1231-1253. [1]

Early History of the Fabian family

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Fabian 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 Fabian 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. 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. The variations of the name Fabian include: Fabian, Fabyan, Fabien, Fabyn, Fabyen and others.

Early Notables of the Fabian family

Distinguished members of the family include Robert Fabyan (died c.1512), a London draper, Sheriff and Alderman, and author of Fabyan's Chronicle. He "came of a respectable family in Essex. We gather from his will that his father's name was John, and his mother's Agnes. It would seem that he followed his father as a clothier in London, where he became a member of the Draper's Company and alderman of the ward of Farringdon Without. In 1493 he held the office of sheriff, and in 1496 was one of a committee appointed to lay before Henry VII the grievances of the London...
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Fabian Ranking

In the United States, the name Fabian is the 4,515th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [4]

United States Fabian 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 Fabian or a variant listed above:

Fabian Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Gilbert Fabian, who arrived in Virginia in 1648 [5]
  • Simon Fabian who arrived in Virginia in 1668
  • Symon Fabian, who landed in Virginia in 1668 [5]
Fabian Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michael Fabian, aged 30, who arrived in America in 1732 [5]
  • Joseph Fabian, who landed in Montgomery, Pennsylvania in 1741 [5]
  • MIchel Fabian who settled in Pennsylvania in 1751
Fabian Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Julian Fabian, aged 53, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [5]
  • John Fabian, aged 26, who arrived in Missouri in 1838 [5]
  • M Fabian, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • Nikl Fabian, aged 31, who landed in America in 1853 [5]
  • Ad Fabian, aged 9, who arrived in America in 1853 [5]
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Australia Fabian migration to Australia +

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

Fabian Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Alexander Fabian, (Phoeben, Feben, Pheeban), British Convict who was convicted in Southampton, Hampshire, England for 7 years for house breaking, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Sarah Fabian, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [7]
  • William Fabian, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [7]
  • Elizabeth Fabian, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fabian (post 1700) +

  • Ava Fabian (b. 1962), American model and actress
  • Patrick Fabian (b. 1964), American actor, best known for his role in the 2010 horror film The Last Exorcism
  • John McCreary Fabian (b. 1939), American Air Force officer, former NASA Astronaut with over 316 hours in space [8]
  • Lydia Dunham Fabian, American painter
  • Olga Fabian (b. 1945), American Broadway actress in New York
  • Joseph E. Fabian, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912, 1916, 1920 [9]
  • Harold Pegram Fabian (1885-1975), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1920, 1940 (member, Resolutions Committee); Member of Republican National Committee from Utah, 1928-32 [9]
  • Marco Jhonfai Fabián de la Mora (b. 1989), Mexican professional footballer
  • Dusan Fabian (b. 1975), Slovak horror and dark fantasy writer
  • Andrew Christopher Fabian OBE, FRS (b. 1948), British astronomer and astrophysicist [10]
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Suggested Readings for the name Fabian +

  • Faubion (also Fabian) and Allied Families by Ann Faubion Armstrong.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th March 2021). Retrieved from
  7. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from
  8. NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) John Fabian. Retrieved from
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 16) . Retrieved from
  10. Andrew Fabian. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Andrew Fabian. Retrieved from on Facebook