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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


The founding heritage of the laborer family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name laborer comes from when one of the family worked as a person who worked as the laborer. This surname was originally derived from the common trades of the medieval era which transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. The laborer was also known as the taskman or the workman.

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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. laborer has been spelled many different ways, including Labourer, Labor, Laborer, Labour, Laboura, Laberer, Labberer and many more.

First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laborer research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1599, 1618, and 1710 are included under the topic Early laborer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early laborer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 laborers to arrive in North America: William Labor, who sailed to Virginia in 1652; Jaco Labour to Virginia in 1663; and Michael Labourer to Pennsylvania in 1765.

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The laborer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The laborer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:44.

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