Harbaugh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The family name Harbaugh is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon names of Britain. It was originally a name for a person who worked as a person who ran a lodging house. This surname is a metonymic form of the surname Harberer, and is derived from the Old English word herebeorg, which means shelter or lodging.

Early Origins of the Harbaugh family

The surname Harbaugh was first found in the English county of Suffolk in the south east where they had been settled from very ancient times.

Early History of the Harbaugh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harbaugh research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1596, 1679, 1635, 1692, 1689, 1690, 1572 and 1575 are included under the topic Early Harbaugh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harbaugh Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Harbaugh include Arbour, Arbor, Harbord, Harbard, Hardboard, Harboard, Harber, Harbot and many more.

Early Notables of the Harbaugh family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Harbord (1635-1692), of Grafton Park, an English diplomat and politician, Privy Counsellor and Paymaster of the Forces in Ireland in 1689, Vice-Treasurer of Ireland in 1690. He was the first English ambassador to Turkey...
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United States Harbaugh migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Harbaugh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Matthias Harbaugh, who arrived in Maryland in 1813 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Harbaugh (post 1700) +

  • Luther H. Harbaugh, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 1873-75 [2]
  • John Joseph Harbaugh, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Governor of Maryland, 1966 [2]
  • Eugene F. Harbaugh, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1961 [2]
  • Don Harbaugh, American Republican politician, Candidate for Montana State House of Representatives 92nd District, 2010 [2]
  • Clyde G. Harbaugh, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1936 [2]
  • C. C. Harbaugh, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1920 [2]
  • C. A. Harbaugh, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1932 [2]
  • Carl Harbaugh (1886-1960), American film actor, screenwriter and director who appeared in 59 films
  • John Harbaugh (b. 1962), American head coach of the Baltimore Ravens
  • Thomas Chalmers Harbaugh (1849-1924), American poet and novelist [3]
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Harbaugh Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Equanimiter
Motto Translation: With equanimity.


  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, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Thomas Harbaugh. (Retrieved 2011, January 19) Thomas Harbaugh. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Chalmers_Harbaugh


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