Harbor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Harbor. It was a name given to someone who was 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 Harbor family
The surname Harbor 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 Harbor family
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Harbor Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Harbor have been found, including Arbour, Arbor, Harbord, Harbard, Hardboard, Harboard, Harber, Harbot and many more.
Early Notables of the Harbor family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harbor family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Harbor, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: Michael Arbor who settled in New York State in 1775; and Joseph Arbour arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1786. Frank Harber settled in Virginia in 1647.
Contemporary Notables of the name Harbor (post 1700)
- William H. Harbor, American politician, Speaker of the Iowa State House of Representatives, 1969-72, 1980 
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html