The Neighbour 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, Neighbour most likely evolved from the term of address for someone living nearby.
Early Origins of the Neighbour family
The surname Neighbour 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 Neighbour family
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Neighbour Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Neighbour are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Neighbour include: Neighbour, Naybor, Nabor, Naibor, Neibor, Naybore, Nabors, Naybors, Neighbor, Neybor, Neybour, Naybour, Naybore, Neighbore, Nerboro, Nerborough and many more.
Early Notables of the Neighbour family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Neighbour family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Neighbour Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Neighbour, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Baboo.htm
Neighbour Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Neighbour, aged 29, a stone sawyer, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
- Jane Neighbour, aged 28, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
- Annie Neighbour, aged 1, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
- William Neighbour, aged 1 month, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875