The name Tarbert was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Tarbert is based on the Norman given name Terbert.
Early Origins of the Tarbert family
The surname Tarbert was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
. The definition that the name was derived from the name of a fish can be discounted as Victorian historians whimsical nonsense. The family held a family seat
and was a noble name during the time of King Richard 1st (about 1190 A.D.) and all indications are that this was a Norman name which appeared in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a survey of England
taken by Duke William of Normandy
in the year 1086 A.D., after his conquest of England
in 1066 A.D. and appears as Turbert, a person holding lands.
Early History of the Tarbert family
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Tarbert Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Tarbert were recorded, including Turbutt, Turbott, Turbert, Turbett, Turbot and many more.
Early Notables of the Tarbert family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tarbert family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Tarbert arrived in North America very early:
Tarbert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Ellen Tarbert, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1893
- Katie Tarbert, aged 22, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1893
- William Tarbert, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1896
Tarbert Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Max Tarbert, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
- James Tarbert, aged 33, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
- Frank B. Tarbert, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1922
Contemporary Notables of the name Tarbert (post 1700)
- Wilbur Arlington Tarbert (1904-1946), American Major League Baseball reserve outfielder who played for the Boston Red Sox (1927 to 1928)