The earliest origins of the Pairbirn surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person with attractive, youthful looks, or someone who was noted as having been a beautiful child. The surname Pairbirn is derived from the Old English words fair, which means lovely, and bearn, which means child. However, the name Pairbirn may also be a local
surname applied to someone from the settlement of Fairbourne in Kent
or Fairburn in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. In this case, Pairbirn 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 Pairbirn family
The surname Pairbirn was first found in North Yorkshire
at Fairburn, a small village and civil parish in the Selby district that dates back to before the Domesday Book
when it was listed as Fareburne c. 1030. A few years later in 1086, the Domesday Book
lists the placename as Fareburne CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "stream where ferns grow," having derived from the Old English fearn + burna. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Pairbirn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pairbirn research.Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1327, 1644 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Pairbirn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pairbirn 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 Pairbirn 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 Pairbirn include: Fairbairn, Fairbairns, Fairbarn, Fairborn, Fairborne and many more.
Early Notables of the Pairbirn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pairbirn family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Pairbirn or a variant listed above: Robert Fairbarn landed in 1763. William Fairbarn joined many of his fellow Fairbarns when he purchased land in Philadelphia in 1835.
The Pairbirn 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: Nec cede arduis
Motto Translation: Not high yield