- Southern French: Nickname for a pleasant or amiable person, from a diminutive of sabor ‘flavor’, ‘taste’ (Old French saveur). The name Sabourin was introduced to England through Huguenot immigration, and from there it may have been brought to North America.
- An English family of this name trace their descent from a certain Pierre Sabourin, who arrived in England c.1750 from Saint-Maixent, France, and became a silk weaver in Bethnal Green, London. An earlier immigrant was Aaron Sabourin, recorded in 1682 in the archives of the French Protestant Church, London.
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