Sarabia History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Sarabia surname is derived from the Old French word "Sarrazin," meaning "Saracen." It is thought to have been a nickname in Medieval England for someone of swarthy appearance, or for someone returned from the Crusades, before becoming a surname.

Early Origins of the Sarabia family

The surname Sarabia was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of 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 13th century when they held estates in that county.

Early History of the Sarabia family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sarabia research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1285, 1327, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Sarabia History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sarabia Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Sarabia has appeared include Sarson, Sarsen, Saracen, Sarason, Sareson and many more.

Early Notables of the Sarabia family (pre 1700)

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United States Sarabia migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Sarabia arrived in North America very early:

Sarabia Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Santiago Sarabia, aged 38, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831 [1]
  • Juan De Sarabia, who arrived in America in 1834 [1]
  • Andres Sarabia, who landed in America in 1835 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sarabia (post 1700) +

  • Jenny Sarabia, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2004


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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