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
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.
Early History of 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 to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Harbourt 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.