Abbas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient history of the Abbas name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided near one or more notable aspen trees. The surname Abbas is derived from the Old English word æpse, which means aspen. The surname may also be a nickname in jest, for a timid person, referring to the trembling leaves of the tree.
Early Origins of the Abbas family
The surname Abbas was first found in the county of Middlesex in southern England where they held a family seat from very ancient times. During the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, unlike many Saxon families, bearers of this name managed to hold onto much of their holdings and these are recorded in the Domesday Book,  a census taken in 1086 by King William of all land holders.
Early History of the Abbas family
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Abbas Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Abbas include Apps, Apse, Abbs, Abb, App, Apsey, Epps, Ebbs, Epsey, Epp and many more.
Early Notables of the Abbas family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Abbas family
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Abbas or a variant listed above: Francis Eppes, who was on record in Virginia in 1625 with his three sons; Edward Abbs, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Edmond Apps who settled in Virginia in 1650.
Contemporary Notables of the name Abbas (post 1700) +
- Pasha Abbas Hilmi (1874-1943), last khedive of Egypt
- Abbas Ravjani, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008 
- Abbas Malekzadeh Milani (b. 1949), Iranian-American historian and author, visiting professor of Political Science and the director of the Iranian Studies program at Stanford University
- Prince Abbas Pasha (1813-1854), prince of Persia
- Prince Abbas Mirza (1783-1833), prince of Persia
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The Abbas Motto +
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: In Te Domine Speravi
Motto Translation: In thee, O Lord, I have placed my hope.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html