Sabean is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname that came from Sabinus and Sabine; these are the masculine and feminine forms of the name, respectively. The personal name
is derived from the Sabines, a people who lived in the Appenines northwest of Rome. By the third century BC the Sabines had become fully Romanized. There were three saints named Sabinus and one named Sabine. Patronymic
surnames arose out of the vernacular
given name traditions. In the religious naming tradition, which was developed later than the vernacular tradition, surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint. In England
, the feminine form of the name is predominant.
Early Origins of the Sabean family
The surname Sabean was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Sabean family
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Sabean Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Sabean has been recorded under many different variations, including Sabine, Sabbe, Sabin, Sabyn, Sabben, Saban and many more.
Early Notables of the Sabean family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sabean family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Sabean or a variant listed above: Robert Sabin settled in Virginia in 1623; Susan and Thomas Sabin settled in Virginia in 1648; Thomas Sabin settled in Antigua in 1774; William Sabin settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630.
Contemporary Notables of the name Sabean (post 1700)
- Brian R. Sabean (b. 1956), Senior Vice President and General Manager of the San Francisco Giants