The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland
were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Aberdeen. It comes from in Aberdeen (now part of the modern Grampian region). "This ancient city, which is, by some historians, identified with the Devana of Ptolemy, is supposed to have derived its name, of British origin, from its situation between the rivers Dee and Don. According to tradition, Gregory the Great, King of Scotland
, is said to have made the town a royal burgh; but little of its authentic history is known prior to the reign of Malcolm III." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early Origins of the Aberdeen family
The surname Aberdeen was first found in the county of Aberdeenshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland
One of the first records of the name was John of Aberdene, a merchant of Aberdeen, who was robbed of wool at sea while on a voyage from Aberdeen to St. Omer in 1272. A few years later in 1290, Michael de Abirden was granted land in Berwick. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Aberdeen family
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Aberdeen Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Aberdeen has appeared Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Abirdene, Abirdeen, Aberdein, Abberdene, Abberdeen, Ebirdene and many more.
Early Notables of the Aberdeen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aberdeen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Aberdeen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Aberdeen, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
Contemporary Notables of the name Aberdeen (post 1700)
- Alexander Aberdeen, writer, biographer of John Galt
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)