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Where did the English Tarbox family come from? What is the English Tarbox family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tarbox family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tarbox family history?

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought the Tarbox family name to the British Isles. Tarbox comes from the ancient Norman given name Terbert.

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Tarbock, Tarbocks, Tarbox, Tirebuck, Torbock, Tarbuck, Tarbux and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times at Tarbock, after the Norman Conquest in 1066. They were descended from the Baron Richard, brother of Sir Robert Fitzhenry, founder of Burscough Priory.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tarbox research. Another 192 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1606 is included under the topic Early Tarbox History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Tarbox or a variant listed above: Mary Tarbuck settled in Maryland in 1745; Richard Tarbutt settled in Virginia in 1663; John Tarbux settled in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1631.

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  • Katherine "Katie" Tarbox, American author of best-selling book, Katie.com
  • Barb Tarbox, Canadian anti-smoking activist
  • Frederick Tarbox, Computer Executive


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The Tarbox Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tarbox 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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