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. [1]

However, one source notes that name may be "a genitive form of Ape or Appe; a personal name, ante [(before)]1066 [and in the] Domesday Book. " [2]

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, [3] a census taken in 1086 by King William of all land holders.

Early History of the Abbis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abbis research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1307, 1327, 1524, 1534, 1628, 1779, 1658, 1604 and 1787 are 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)

More information is included under the topic Early Abbis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States 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


The Abbis 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.


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ 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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