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

The surname Abbott, comes from the Old English word "abbod," which in turn comes from a Latin and a Greek root, and means "priest." The celibacy of the clergy makes it unlikely that this name is actually an occupational name for a priest, but rather was likely a name first used by someone who employed by the church, or someone thought to resemble an abbot in some way.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Abbott, Abbot, Abbotts, Abbett, Abbet, Abott and others.

First found in the counties of Oxfordshire, Huntingdon, Bedfordshire and Cambridge from very ancient times, before the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abbott research. Another 302 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1306, 1577, and 1611 are included under the topic Early Abbott History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Abbott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Abbott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Abbott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • George Abbott emigrated with his three sons and settled in Rowley Massachusetts in 1630
  • Daniel Abbott, who landed in Providence, Rhode Island in 1630
  • Arthur Abbott settled in Marblehead but moved to Ipswich Massachusetts and joined Winthrop in 1634
  • Christopher Abbott, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • George Abbott, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1637


Abbott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Robert Abbott, who landed in New York in 1797

Abbott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Edmund Abbott, aged 16, landed in Georgia in 1812
  • A Abbott, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • William C Abbott, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879

Abbott Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Abbott, who settled in St. John's in 1706
  • William Abbott, who was a fisherman of St. John's in circa 1740

Abbott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Abbott, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Henry Abbott, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Abbott, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Benjamin Abbott, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • William Abbott, a brewer, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832


Abbott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Abbott landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Frederick Sedwick Abbott landed in Ahuriri, New Zealand in 1840
  • J Abbott landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • Edward M. E. Abbott arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Edward Abbott landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship "London"


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  • Joseph Carter Abbott (1825-1881), Union general during the American Civil War and a Republican United States Senator from the state of North Carolina between 1868 and 1871
  • George Francis Abbott (1887-1995), American playwright, producer and director, who received the Pulitzer Prize for "Fiorello"
  • William Alexander "Bud" Abbott (1895-1974), American comedic actor, best known for his work with Lou Costello
  • Jacob Abbott (1803-1879), American writer of children's books
  • Shirley "S.L." Abbott (1924-2013), American businessman, rancher, politician, and United States Ambassador to Lesotho
  • Mrs. Rhoda Mary Abbott, (née Hunt), aged 39, American Third Class passenger from East Providence, Rhode Island who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible A
  • Mr. Rossmore Edward Abbott (d. 1912), aged 16, American Third Class passenger from East Providence, Rhode Island who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Eugene Joseph Abbott (d. 1912), aged 14, American Third Class passenger from East Providence, Rhode Island who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Margaret Ives Abbott (1878-1955), American Olympian who won gold for individual golf during the 1900 games
  • Thomas Kingsmill Abbott (1829-1913), Irish scholar and educator

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  • The Abbotts of West Virginia by David A. Turner.
  • An Abbott Family: A brief Account of the Antecedents and Descendants of Norman and Martha (Tidwell) Abbott by Ruth Marcum Lind.
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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: Deo patria amicis
Motto Translation: A friend to God and my country.

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  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Abbott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Abbott Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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