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Family name
Region of origin Spain
Related names Navarro, Navaro, Navarijo, Najara, Najera, and de Najera

Nabarro is a Spanish surname with the following spelling variations: Navarro (21st most common surname in Spain), Navaro, Navarijo, Najara, Najera, and de Najera.[1] The formation of the surname suggests it to be a location surname originating in the ancient Kingdom of Navarre, formerly the Kingdom of Pamplona, which is a territory under the influence of Basque culture. Location surnames are thought to be due to the migration tendency in Europe during the Middle Ages to easily identify arrivals.[citation needed] The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Francisco Navarro, which was dated January 1, 1510.[1]

In the US, Nabarro ranked 37,299 as the most frequently occurring surname.[2]

Notable Nabarros[edit]

  • Gerald Nabarro (1913–1973), British Conservative Member of Parliament of the 1950s and 60s
  • Frank Nabarro (1916–2006), English-born South African physicist, pioneer of solid-state physics
  • David Nabarro (born 1949), Senior UN System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza


  1. ^ a b The Internet Surname Database: Nabarro
  2. ^ "Frequently Occurring Surnames From Census 2000". Retrieved 2010-12-07. 

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