The Nabors 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, Nabors most likely evolved from the term of address for someone living nearby.
Early Origins of the Nabors family
The surname Nabors 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 Nabors family
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Nabors Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Nabors family name include Neighbour, Naybor, Nabor, Naibor, Neibor, Naybore, Nabors, Naybors, Neighbor, Neybor, Neybour, Naybour, Naybore, Neighbore, Nerboro, Nerborough and many more.
Early Notables of the Nabors family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nabors family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Nabors surname or a spelling variation of the name include: James Neighbor, who arrived in Boston in 1659; and Joseph Neighbours, a bonded passenger sent to America in 1765.
Contemporary Notables of the name Nabors (post 1700)
- James Thurston "Jim" Nabors (1930-2017), American actor and singer perhaps best known for his role as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and in the spin off Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C
- Rob Nabors (b. 1971), U.S. government official who formerly served as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
- Jack Nabors (1887-1923), American professional baseball player
- Rachel Nabors (b. 1985), American cartoonist, artist, and graphic novelist
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