The name Horabin is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of the Britain and comes from the name Rabin
which are pet forms of the personal name Robert.
The name is preceded the Old English prefix har,
which means gray.
Hence, the surname Horabin literally means gray Rabin
or gray Robin.
Early Origins of the Horabin family
The surname Horabin was first found in Lancashire
, where the family held a family seat
in early times.
Early History of the Horabin family
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Horabin Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Horabin has been spelled many different ways, including Horrobin, Horrabin, Horobin, Horabin, Harrobin, Harrabin, Harobin, Harbin, Harbine, Harbyn, Harbynn, Horbyn and many more.
Early Notables of the Horabin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horabin family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Horabins to arrive in North America: Peter Harbynn, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Richard Horribynn, who arrived in St. Christopher in 1635; Alexander Harbin, who arrived with his wife in Barbados in 1680.