The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Tarban came from the baptismal name for the son of Thurburn.
This ancient personal name
was originally derived from the name of the Saxon God of Thunder, Thor.
After the Norman Conquest
, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The earliest surnames in England
were found shortly after the Norman Conquest
and are of Norman French rather than native English origins.
Early Origins of the Tarban family
The surname Tarban was first found in Norfolk
where Thomas filius
Thurbernus (Turberni) was listed 1153-1186. A few years later, Richard Turbern was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1198 and later, Richard Thurubern was listed at Ely in Norfolk
in 1277. The name may have been listed in the Domesday Book
as Thurbernus, Turbern and Torbern, CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
but it from the Norfolk
branch that seems the most prevalent in these early years. In Sussex
, the name claims descendancy from Thunder (Thor) or Thunder's Hill at Chittingly. Thor was the name of the ancient Saxon God of Thunder.
Early History of the Tarban family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tarban research.Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1197, 1273, 1327, 1607, 1688, 1656 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Tarban History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tarban Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Tarban family name include Thorburn, Thurburn, Thurbrand, Torburn and others.
Early Notables of the Tarban family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tarban family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Tarban surname or a spelling variation of the name include: William Thorburn arrived in Virginia in 1716.