Orlebor is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the settlement of Orlingbury in the county of Northamptonshire. The place name literally meant "hill associated with a man called Ordla", derived from the Old English personal name
+ ing. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The surname Orlebor belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Orlebor family
The surname Orlebor was first found in Orlingbury, a village and civil parish between the towns of Kettering and Wellingborough in Northamptonshire. The place dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Ordinbaro. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
By 1202, the place name had evolved to Ordelinberg. The 2001 census lists the parish's population as 395 people.
Early History of the Orlebor family
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Orlebor 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 Orlebor family name include Orlbar, Orlebar, Orlebarr, Orlebarre, Orlbarre, Orlbarr, Awlbarr, Allbarr and many more.
Early Notables of the Orlebor family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Orlebor 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 Orlebor surname or a spelling variation of the name include: George Orlbar who landed in North America in 1715.
The Orlebor Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ora et labora
Motto Translation: Pray and work.