Abbis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Abbis name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Abbis was originally derived from a family having lived near one or more notable aspen trees. The surname Abbis 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 Abbis family

The surname Abbis 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, [1] a census taken in 1086 by King William of all land holders.

Important Dates for the Abbis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abbis research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1307 is included under the topic Early Abbis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Abbis Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Abbis include Apps, Apse, Abbs, Abb, App, Apsey, Epps, Ebbs, Epsey, Epp and many more.

Early Notables of the Abbis family (pre 1700)

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Abbis migration to the United States

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Abbis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Soloman Abbis, aged 35, who landed in America from London, in 1904
  • Baulen Abbis, aged 32, who immigrated to New York, USA, in 1912
  • Rachel Abbis, aged 2, who settled in New York, USA, in 1912


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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