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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • North German : nickname from Low German Naber ‘neighbor’. Compare Neighbor.
  • Southwestern German : from a personal name given in honor of St. Nabor; or a habitational name from a place in Alsace. In Württemberg there is a place name Nabern, derived from the river name Naber, which might have contributed to the surname.
  • German : occupational name for a maker of wheel hubs, Middle High German nabegēr, from nabe ‘hub’.

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