Abbay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Abbay was first used centuries ago in the region that was once the Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It was a name for a person who was a lay-abbot of a monastery. In the Middle Ages, this was the title held usually by the leading family of the village.

Early Origins of the Abbay family

The surname Abbay was first found in the county of Angus, in the parish of Abbey and Brechin. The first record was of Donald Abbe of Brechin in 1178, who witnessed a charter with Turpin, Bishop of Brechin, and later he gifted the lands of Balegillegrand to the Abbey of Arbroath, which grant was confirmed by King William the Lion.

Important Dates for the Abbay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abbay research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1219 and 1370 are included under the topic Early Abbay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Abbay Spelling Variations

Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Abbay has been spelled Abbey, Aba, Abbe, Abbie, Abey, Abbeys, Aby and others.

Early Notables of the Abbay family (pre 1700)

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Abbay migration to the United States

These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Abbay were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Abbay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Abbay, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1607 [1]
  • Thomas Abbay, who landed in Virginia in 1608 [1]

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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