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Where did the Scottish Abercrombie family come from? What is the Scottish Abercrombie family crest and coat of arms? When did the Abercrombie family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Abercrombie family history?

The chronicles of the Abercrombie family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts. The ancestors of the Abercrombie family lived in Fife from a place named Abercrombie (earlier Abarcrumbach), which is of Pictish origin, meaning "a place on the bendy river."

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When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Abercrombie has been written Abercrumby, Abircrumby, Abbircummy, Abbircromby, Abircombie, Abircromy, Abircrommbie, Abircromby, Abircrumme, Abircrumbye, Abercrombie, Abercromby, Abyrcrumby, Abyrcrumbie, Abbercrumbie, Abbercrommie, Ebercrombie and many more.

First found in the county of Fifeshire (Gaelic: Fobh), in southeastern Scotland; an ancient Pictish kingdom, known as Fib, and still commonly known as the Kingdom of Fife. Arguably, the first mention of the Clan was in the Ulster Chronicle as one of the clans that King Malcolm Ceanmore took north to quell the claims of MacBeth for the throne of Scotland in 1057.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abercrombie research. Another 335 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1734, 1801, 1456, 1895, 1603, 1684, 1702, 1734, 1801, 1706, 1781, 1732 and 1775 are included under the topic Early Abercrombie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 125 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Abercrombie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Abercrombie:

Abercrombie Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Abercrombie, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Robert Abercrombie, who landed in Massachusetts in 1742
  • Robert Abercrombie, who arrived in New England in 1742
  • John Joseph Abercrombie, who arrived in North Carolina in 1744
  • Hugh Abercrombie who arrived in Charles Town in South Carolina in 1772


Abercrombie Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Abercrombie, who landed in New York in 1801
  • James Abercrombie, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • Charles Abercrombie, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • John Abercrombie, who arrived in Minnesota in 1871

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  • George Abercrombie, American named President and CEO of Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. in 2001
  • David Thomas Abercrombie (1867-1931), American surveyor and co-founder Abercrombie & Fitch in 1892
  • Neil Abercrombie (1938-2010), American politician, 7th Governor of Hawaii since 2010
  • Ensign William Warner Abercrombie USN (1914-1942), United States Navy officer and Naval Aviator during World War II, recipient of the Navy Cross posthumously, eponym of the destroyer escort USS Abercrombie (DE-343)
  • Walter Augustus Abercrombie (b. 1959), former professional American NFL football running back and kick returner
  • Thomas J. Abercrombie (1930-2006), American senior staff writer and photographer for National Geographic
  • Reginald Damascus "Reggie" Abercrombie (b. 1981), American former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • David Abercrombie (1909-1992), Professor of Phonetics and Director of Studies at the Institute of English Studies (1938-1940)
  • Lascelles Abercrombie (1881-1938), English poet and critic, famous for his verse dramas, "The Sale of St. Thomas" and "The End of the World," and many more
  • Sir Patrick Abercrombie (1879-1957), English architect, responsible for the Abercrombie Plan for the redevelopment of post-war London

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  • A History of Cole, Shipman, and Allied Families by Pauline Callaway Sheriff.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tace
Motto Translation: Keep Silence.

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Abercrombie Clan Badge
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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Abercrombie
Abarcrombie, Abbarcrombie, Abbercrombie, Abbercromby, Abbercromie, Abbercrommie, Abbercrumbie, Abbercrumby, Abbercrummy, Abbircombie, Abbircrombie, Abbircromby, Abbircromy, Abbircrumby, Abbircrumme, Abbircrummy, Abbircrumy, Abbircummy, Abbyrcrumby, Abercrombie, Abercromby, Abercrumbie, Abercrumby, Abercrummy, Abercrumy, Abhercrombie, Abhircrombie, Abircombie, Abircrombie, Abircromby, Abircrommbie, Abircromy, Abircrumby, Abircrumbye, Abircrume, Abircrumme, Abircrummy, Abircrumy, Abyrcrumbie, Abyrcrumby, Aparcrombie, Apercrombie, Apercromby, Apercrumbie, Apercrumby, Apercrummy, Apircombie, Apircrombie, Apircromby, Apircromy and more.

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