'lodging'(Modern English harbour, habor)
From OE herebeorg (fem.) ‘lodgings, quarters’ (cp. OHG her(e)berga, OS heriberga, MDu herberge ‘lodgings’ (all fem.) and OIcel herbergi (neut.) ‘inn; closet, room’), ultimately a compound of PGmc *xarjaz ‘army’ (OE here, OIcel herr etc.) + *ƀerʒō ‘protection’ or a related n. (OE beorg, OIcel bjǫrg etc.). The OE and ME nouns have sometimes been regarded as loan-translations from ON esp. by early studies (e.g. Skeat 1892, Kluge 1901: 933; then (tentatively) by OED and de Vries), but the possibility of ON input is more often rejected as unnecessary (thus SPS, Dance 2003: 449) or omitted altogether (MED, Morris, TGD, GDS), and the ON n. itself has been regarded as a loan from LG (e.g. Mag.).
*xarjaz + *ƀerʒō
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
herbergi ‘inn; closet, room’,
(ONP herbergi (sb.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Far herbergi, Icel herbergi, Norw herbyrgi, Dan herberg(e), Sw härberge
herebeorg ‘lodgings, quarters’
Phonological and morphological markers
Common and widespread in ME (also in place-names: see EPNE); on the late OE attestations see SPS.
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus
Gaw 755, 812