The history of the name Harborthay dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family 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
Early Origins of the Harborthay family
The surname Harborthay 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 Harborthay family
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Harborthay Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Harborthay has undergone many spelling variations
, including Arbour, Arbor, Harbord, Harbard, Hardboard, Harboard, Harber, Harbot and many more.
Early Notables of the Harborthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harborthay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Harborthay were among those contributors: 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.
The Harborthay 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 Translation: With equanimity.