Narbrow is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the village of Knaresborough. Before the Norman Conquest
of 1066 these lands existed as noble property of the Saxons
. After 1066, Serlo de Burgh received these lands as a gift from William the conqueror. The surname Narbrow originally derived from early residents who adopted the title of this ancient village as part of their surname.
Early Origins of the Narbrow family
The surname Narbrow was first found in North Yorkshire
, at Knaresborough, an old and historic market town, spa town and civil parish in the Borough of Harrogate. The village dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Chenaresburg and literally meant "stronghold of a man called Cenheard," from the Old English personal name
+ burgh. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Knaresborough Castle is today a ruined fortress, but it too dates back to early Norman times when it was thought to have been built by a Norman Baron
around c.1100. By 1205, King John took control of Knareborough Castle as he regarded Knaresborough as an important northern fortress.
Early History of the Narbrow family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Narbrow research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1273, 1583, 1640 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Narbrow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Narbrow 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 Narbrow family name include Kneresboro, Knaresborough, Knaresbro and others.
Early Notables of the Narbrow family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Narbrow family to Ireland
Some of the Narbrow family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 81 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Narbrow 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 Narbrow surname or a spelling variation of the name include: a number of family members who settled in the New World before the 19th century.