Tabb History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tabb family

The surname Tabb was first found in Dorset where one of the earliest records of the name was John and Roger Tappe who was registered there in the Pipe Rolls of 1194. The name was derived from the Old English word Taeppa. [1]

Early History of the Tabb family

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Tabb Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Tabb include Tapp, Tapps, Tabb, Tabbs and others.

Early Notables of the Tabb family (pre 1700)

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Tabb Ranking

In the United States, the name Tabb is the 5,249th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [2]


United States Tabb migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tabb or a variant listed above:

Tabb Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Humphrey Tabb, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [3]
  • Humphry Tabb, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [3]
  • Tho Tabb, who arrived in Virginia in 1643 [3]
  • Hump Tabb, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [3]
  • William Tabb, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [3]
Tabb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Tabb, (b. 1860), aged 28, Cornish blacksmith departing from Liverpool aboard the ship "Umbria" arriving in the United States on 3 December 1888 [4]

Canada Tabb migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tabb Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • W. J. Tabb was living in Montreal, Quebec in 1886

Australia Tabb migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Tabb Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. David Jones Tabb, (b. 1830), aged 19, Cornish labourer from Truro, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lysander" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 13th January 1849 [5]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Tabb, (b. 1828), aged 21, Cornish settler from Truro, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lysander" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 13th January 1849 [5]
  • Mr. David Jones Tabb, (b. 1830), aged 19, Cornish labourer from Truro, Cornwall, UK departing from Plymouth on 21st September 1848 aboard the ship "Lysander" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 13th January 1849 [6]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Tabb, (b. 1828), aged 21, Cornish housekeeper from Truro, Cornwall, UK departing from Plymouth on 21st September 1848 aboard the ship "Lysander" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 13th January 1849 [6]
  • Mr. William Tabb, (b. 1840), aged 39, Cornish labourer travelling aboard the ship "Nineveh" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 9th July 1879 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Tabb migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Tabb Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John B. Tabb, aged 32, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865 [8]
  • Jane Tabb, aged 26, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tabb (post 1700) +

  • Ron Tabb (b. 1954), American long-distance runner
  • John Bannister Tabb (1845-1909), American poet, professor of English
  • Yvonne O'Brien Tabb, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1980 [9]
  • Lyle C. Tabb, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Jefferson County Democratic Party, 1983 [9]
  • Jay Anthony Tabb (b. 1984), English-born Irish footballer
  • Barrington Tabb (b. 1934), English painter
  • Winston Tabb, Dean of University Libraries at the Johns Hopkins University
  • Michaela Tabb (b. 1967), Scottish snooker and pool referee


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 19). Emigrants to Australia NSW 1860 -88 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/nsw_passenger_lists_1860_88.pdf
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 7th November 2010). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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