Origins Available: Irish
The sea-swept Hebrides
islands and the west coast of Scotland
are the ancestral home of the Abee family. Their name comes from the Gaelic form Mac-Aba,
which means son of the Abbot.
Early Origins of the Abee family
The surname Abee was first found in on the Isle of Arran
, where they held a family seat
from early times. The family name Abee first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Abee family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abee research.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Abee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Abee Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. Abee has been written as MacCabe, McCabe, McAbe, MacAbe and others.
Early Notables of the Abee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Abee family to Ireland
Some of the Abee family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 170 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Abee family to the New World and Oceana
Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan
societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Abee or a variant listed above: Andrew, Anne, Bernard, Bridget, Charles, Edward, Francis, Hugh, James, John, Mary, Michael, Patrick, Peter, and Thomas MacCabe, all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1820 and 1860..
The Abee 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: Aut Vincere Aut Mori
Motto Translation: Either to conquer or die.