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It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Harbin was formed. The name was derived from the name Rabin or Robin, which are pet forms of the personal name Robert. The name is preceded the Old English prefix har, which means gray. Hence, the surname Harbin literally means gray Rabin or gray Robin.
The surname Harbin was first found in Lancashire, where the family held a family seat in early times.
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Harbin include Horrobin, Horrabin, Horobin, Horabin, Harrobin, Harrabin, Harobin, Harbin, Harbine, Harbyn, Harbynn, Horbyn and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harbin research. Another 328 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1591, 1596, 1612, 1618, 1633, 1696, 1783, and 1790 are included under the topic Early Harbin History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Harbin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Harbin were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Harbin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Harbin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Harbin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Harbin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Harbin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harbin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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