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The Taber name was originally an Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was known as the taborer, the player on the small drum. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. These surnames were frequently derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products, in this case the tabor. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.

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The surname Taber was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Taber has undergone many spelling variations, including Taber, Tabert, Tabor and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Taber research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Taber History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Taber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Taber were among those contributors:

Taber Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Phillip Taber settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1634 from Essex, England, descended was Sidney Taber of Lake Forest Ill
  • Philip Taber, who landed in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Timothy Taber, aged 35, arrived in New England in 1635

Taber Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Ebert Taber arrived in the New World at the age of 20 in 1709
  • William Taber settled in Mississippi in 1798
  • William Taber, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Taber Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • J. Taber came to San Francisco in 1851
  • J Taber, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • Wing Taber, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cayuga County, 1829
  • William M. Taber, American politician, Member of New York State Senate Middle District, 1811-15
  • William Taber, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County, 1798-1800, 1803-04
  • Walter G. Taber, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1972; Presidential Elector for New York, 1972
  • Walter F. Taber, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1894 (18th District), 1904 (21st District)
  • Thomas II Taber (1785-1862), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County, 1826; U.S. Representative from New York 5th District, 1828-29
  • Ron Taber, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington 9th District, 1998
  • Stephen Taber (1821-1886), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Queens County 1st District, 1860-61; U.S. Representative from New York 1st District, 1865-69
  • Ralph Taber, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Delaware County, 1925
  • Loyal C. Taber, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1884

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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: Soles occidere et redire possint
Motto Translation: The sun sets and they can

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  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Taber Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Taber Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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