Fairbrothers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Fairbrothers is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person who was referred to as the fair brother. The surname was originally derived from the relationship between two brothers and referred to the brother of a fair person or the better-looking of a pair of brothers. The surname Fairbrothers comes from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word faerbeorht which described a brother-in-law to a famous knight or nobleman. In Scotland, "father-brother" is a phrase to designate an uncle. [1]

Early Origins of the Fairbrothers family

The surname Fairbrothers was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times.

Important Dates for the Fairbrothers family

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Fairbrothers Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Fairbrothers were recorded, including Fairbrother, Farbrother, Farebrother, Fairbrodder, Farbrodder and many more.

Early Notables of the Fairbrothers family (pre 1700)

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Fairbrothers migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Fairbrothers family emigrate to North America:

Fairbrothers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Fairbrothers, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fairbrothers (post 1700)

  • Dr. David E. Fairbrothers, American botanist, Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Department of Biological Sciences of Rutgers University, awarded the Merit Award in 1989 by the Botanical Society of America

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 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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