Recorded as Harbron, Hebron, Hebbron, and possibly others, this unusual surname is English. It is locational from Hebron, a village in the county of Northumberland. The placename is recorded as Heburn in the Fees Court rolls of the county in 1242, and as Heborin in the pipe rolls of 1262. The place name shares it's meaning and derivation with Hebburn in the neighbouring county of Durham; the meaning being "The high mound", from the Old English pre 7th century "byrgen", meaning a mound or tumuli, especially a burial mound. Hebron Hill is a local feature reaching some 700 feet. The surname is recorded in Scotland from the 17th century, but overall is recorded most frequently in the English county of Yorkshire. Early examples of recordings taken at random include Mary Hebron christened at Holy Island, off the coast of Northumberland on April 15th 1620, Alixander Hebbron who married Elizabeth Spith at St. John's church, Newcastle - upon - Tyne, on the 3rd March 1657 and William Harbron at St Mary-le Bone in the city of London, on September 11th 1796. An earlier recording is that of John Hebron. This was dated July 11th 1604, at the city of Ripon, in Yorkshire, in the first year of the reign of James Ist of England and VIth of Scotland, 1603 - 1625. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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