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The surname of HORRABIN was a locational name 'of Horobin' a small spot in the parish of Taxal, County Derbyshire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he lived. Most of the place-names that yield surnames are usually of small communities, villages, hamlets, some so insignificant that they are now lost to the map. A place-name, it is reasonable to suppose, was a useful surname only when a man moved from his place of origin to elsewhere, and his new neighbours bestowed it, or he himself adopted it. Early records of the name mention Edward Harrobin of Yorkshire, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379, and William Horobin was recorded in Derbyshire in 1385. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but the main of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name. Later instances of the name mention John Horabin of Westhoughton, who was listed in the Wills at Chester in 1545. Thomas Horabin of Bolton, ibid. Baptised. Katherine, daughter of Thomas Harrabin, St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1696. John Horrabin and Sarah Broomfield, were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1790. The name is also spelt Harrobin, Horbon and Horbyn.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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