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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.
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Taber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Taber Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Taber Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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
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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