The Neighbors 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, Neighbors most likely evolved from the term of address for someone living nearby.
Early Origins of the Neighbors family
The surname Neighbors 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 Neighbors family
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Neighbors Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Neighbors include Neighbour, Naybor, Nabor, Naibor, Neibor, Naybore, Nabors, Naybors, Neighbor, Neybor, Neybour, Naybour, Naybore, Neighbore, Nerboro, Nerborough and many more.
Early Notables of the Neighbors family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Neighbors family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: James Neighbor, who arrived in Boston in 1659; and Joseph Neighbours, a bonded passenger sent to America in 1765.
Contemporary Notables of the name Neighbors (post 1700)
- Robert Otis Neighbors (1917-1952), American professional baseball player
- Cecil Fleming "Cy" Neighbors (1880-1964), American professional baseball outfielder
- William Wesley "Billy" Neighbors (b. 1940), former American football guard
- Robert Simpson Neighbors (1815-1859), American Indian agent and Texas state legislator
- Derek Neighbors, American software developer based in Chandler, Arizona