The origin of my family name is related to a very piece of wood. A popular wooden sword for an ancient special fighter unit are responsible for the word creation.
Our ancestors fought naked in the old days and soot-blackened. Night these melee specialists pounded against heavily armored soldiers with their wooden weapons. With great success. Whoever saw the white in their eyes in the moonlight was dead. Of these Germanic elite units, a secret society, the name Harier has been preserved, as well as some of their wooden weapons. It is unbelievable that the perfect Roman legionaries suffered heavy losses against such a simple device. Again and again.
With the modernization, these warriors eventually wore armor themselves.From the Harier, a member of a special night fighter unit, became Hariberath, the armored warrior. In the high German spelling, the name changed to Harbarth.