Tabor Family History
Tabor Name Meaning
English (southern): nickname from Middle English tabor tabour ‘tabor’ a type of small drum (Old French tabor tabour tabur). Compare Taborn . Czech and Jewish (from Bohemia) (Tábor): habitational name from the city of Tábor in southern Bohemia founded in 1420 by Hussites as their fortification and named after the Mount Tabor near Nazareth in the Palestine an important Biblical site. The city's name came to denote a Taborite a member of the radical wing of the Hussite movement. Compare 3 below. Slovenian Croatian and Polish: topographic name from tabor a word of Czech (ultimately Biblical; see 2 above) or Turkish origin (from tabor ‘military camp’ also ‘battalion’) today meaning ‘camp’ (in Polish ‘camp of nomads’) but in Slovenian originally denoting a fortification built in the times of the Turkish plunderage (15th–16th century) around a church atop a hill. Sorbian: probably a name of (ultimately) Biblical origin (see 2 above). Alternatively a topographic name cognate with the Polish name (see 3 above). Hungarian: from the old personal name Tábor.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022