tribes of Britain were the first to use the name of Harbour. The name had a practical origin since it came from when its initial 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
Early Origins of the Harbour family
The surname Harbour 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 Harbour family
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Harbour 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 Harbour include Arbour, Arbor, Harbord, Harbard, Hardboard, Harboard, Harber, Harbot and many more.
Early Notables of the Harbour family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harbour family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Harbour Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- John Harbour, who landed in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1654
Harbour Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Harbour, aged 39, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Caucasian" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BARQUE CAUCASIAN 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caucasian1852.shtml
Contemporary Notables of the name Harbour (post 1700)
- William E. Harbour, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at St. Albans, West Virginia, 1951-53 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Harbour 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.