Vaabina was first mentioned in 1405 as (German: Ülzen or Uelzen). Its present name Vaabina is derived from the first name of Fabian von Tiesenhausen, the owner of the Ülzen manor in the 16th century. Nowadays there's no remains left of the previous knight manor.
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