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  • Anna Angell (c.1529 - 1575)
  • Bennet de Irby / Harby (1415 - 1440)
  • Isaac Harby II (1788 - 1828)
    , playwright, educator, religious reformer. Harby was born on November 9, 1788, in Charleston, the son of Solomon Harby, an auctioneer, and Rebecca Moses. A talented student, he excelled in classical a...
  • Isaac Harby I (deceased)
    It has long been believed by many Harby descendants that Isaac Harby II's grandfather, Isaac I was the son or grandson of Sir Clement Harby, a British diplomat and the British Consul to Morea and Zante...
  • Jane Bowerman (1679 - 1721)
    1st wife, mother of Ichabod Bowermanfrom BOWERMAN (THOMAS*2, THOMAS* ICABOD1) was born 1685 in Barnstable, MA, and died 1721 in Barnstable, MA.He married (1) JANE* HARBY 1719 in West Falmouth, Barnstab...

About the Harby surname

The surname Harby (Harbie) was an anglicization adopted by Isaac Harbie when he settled in England sometime around the 1730s. He had fled Fez, Morocco, where he was lapidary to the sultan. Jacob R. Marcus speculates in the Jewish Encylopedia that the original Sephardic name was Arbib. I believe the name may well have been Ben Haroubi (aka Ben Harubi) or Haroubi (aka Harubi). See the NAF Search Engine at, which cites Toledano and Laredo (#546 and #547). There was a rabbi Yitzhak Haroubi in Morocco. Another Sepharic surname was Harab. Posted by William A. Marjenhoff