Nabers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Nabers surname is derived from the Middle English word neighbor, which in turn comes from the Old English words "ne-ah," meaning "near," and "gebur," or "a dweller." As a name, Nabers most likely evolved from the term of address for someone living nearby.

Early Origins of the Nabers family

The surname Nabers was first found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence on English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1222 when Ralph Neighbour held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Nabers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nabers research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1309, 1327, 1450, 1455, 1463, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Nabers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nabers Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Nabers were recorded, including Neighbour, Naybor, Nabor, Naibor, Neibor, Naybore, Nabors, Naybors, Neighbor, Neybor, Neybour, Naybour, Naybore, Neighbore, Nerboro, Nerborough and many more.

Early Notables of the Nabers family (pre 1700)

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United States Nabers migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Nabers family emigrate to North America:

Nabers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gerh Joh Bern Nabers, who arrived in America in 1837 [1]
  • Joh Bernh Nabers, who landed in America in 1844 [1]
  • Gerh Heinr Nabers, aged 39, who landed in America in 1844 [1]
  • Margaretha Nabers, aged 24, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1846 [1]
  • Gesina Nabers, aged 25, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1846 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Nabers (post 1700) +

  • Benjamin D. Nabers (1812-1878), American politician, U.S. Representative from Mississippi (1851-1853)
  • Drayton Nabers (b. 1940), former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court
  • Zoe S. Nabers (1887-1964), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1920; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 1st District, 1940
  • Mary Scott Nabers, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Texas railroad commissioner, 1994
  • Benjamin Duke Nabers (1812-1878), American politician, Representative from Mississippi 1st District, 1851-53; Presidential Elector for Tennessee, 1860

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook
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