Harbourt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestry of the name Harbourt can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for 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 Harbourt family
The surname Harbourt 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 Harbourt family
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Harbourt Spelling Variations
Harbourt has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few 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 Harbourt have been found, including Arbour, Arbor, Harbord, Harbard, Hardboard, Harboard, Harber, Harbot and many more.
Early Notables of the Harbourt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harbourt family
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 Harbourts to arrive on North American shores: 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 Harbourt (post 1700)
- Harry Harbourt, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Mercer County, 1923 
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html