Anglo-Saxon name that is 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 Harbine literally means gray Rabin or gray Robin.
Early Origins of the Harbine family
Lancashire, where the family held a family seat in early times.
Early History of the Harbine family
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Harbine Spelling Variations
hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Harbine have been found, including Horrobin, Horrabin, Horobin, Horabin, Harrobin, Harrabin, Harobin, Harbin, Harbine, Harbyn, Harbynn, Horbyn and many more.
Early Notables of the Harbine family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harbine family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Harbines to arrive on North American shores:
Harbine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Harbine (post 1700)
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