Abershaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Abershaw family
The surname Abershaw was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1269 when Matthew Habercham held estates in the shire.
Early History of the Abershaw family
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Abershaw Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Abershaw has undergone many spelling variations, including Habercham, Habersham, Haberjiam, Haberiam, Habberiam, Habberjam, Habbersham, Habbercham, Habberjiam, Habergham, Hebbergham, Habbershon, Habbijam, Habershon, Habbershon, Habberham, Haberham, Habbishaw, Habbeshaw and many more.
Early Notables of the Abershaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Abershaw family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Abershaw were among those contributors: Lewis Abshere, who came to Virginia in 1637; William Habishaw, who arrived in Halifax, N.S. in 1774; Martin Habersham, who settled in New York in 1812.
Contemporary Notables of the name Abershaw (post 1700)
- Louis Jeremiah "Jerry" Abershaw (1773-1795), the infamous and notorious English highwayman who was for many years the terror of the roads between London, Kingston, and Wimbledon; he was hanged on Kennington Common on Monday, 3 Aug. 1795 
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