Harbord History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Harbord comes from when its first bearer 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 Harbord family

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

Important Dates for the Harbord family

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

Harbord Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Harbord include Arbour, Arbor, Harbord, Harbard, Hardboard, Harboard, Harber, Harbot and many more.

Early Notables of the Harbord family (pre 1700)

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Harbord migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Harbord or a variant listed above:

Harbord Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Harbord, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [1]
Harbord Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Harbord, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1776
  • Ernst Harbord, who landed in America in 1783 [1]
  • Friedrich Harbord, who arrived in America in 1783 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Harbord (post 1700)

  • James Guthrie Harbord (1866-1947), American Republican politician, Candidate for Republican nomination for Vice President, 1924, 1932; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1932 [2]
  • Rev. Derek Harbord, Army Chaplain and moralist
  • Harry Harbord Morant (1865-1902), Australian adventurer

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  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
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