The Abhercrombie family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. It is a name for someone who lived in Fife
from a place named Abercrombie
(earlier Abarcrumbach), which is of Pictish origin, meaning "a place on the bendy river."
Early Origins of the Abhercrombie family
The surname Abhercrombie was first found in the county of Fifeshire
(Gaelic: Fìobh), in southeastern Scotland; an ancient Pictish kingdom, known as Fib, and still commonly known as the Kingdom of Fife
. Arguably, the first mention of the Clan
was in the Ulster
Chronicle as one of the clans that King Malcolm Ceanmore took north to quell the claims of MacBeth for the throne of Scotland
in 1057. Today, Abercrombie, or St. Monan's, is a parish, in the district of St. Andrew's.
Early History of the Abhercrombie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abhercrombie research.Another 168 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1734, 1801, 1456, 1895, 1603, 1684, 1702, 1734, 1801, 1706, 1781, 1732 and 1775 are included under the topic Early Abhercrombie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Abhercrombie Spelling Variations
Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations
. In various documents, Abhercrombie has been spelled Abercrumby, Abircrumby, Abbircummy, Abbircromby, Abircombie, Abircromy, Abircrommbie, Abircromby, Abircrumme, Abircrumbye, Abercrombie, Abercromby, Abyrcrumby, Abyrcrumbie, Abbercrumbie, Abbercrommie, Ebercrombie and many more.
Early Notables of the Abhercrombie family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Sir Alexander Abercromby of Birkenbog, 1st Baronet
(c.1603-1684), a Scottish politician; David Abercromby (died c. 1702) Scottish physician and writer; Lieutenant-General Sir Ralph Abercromby (1734-1801), British lieutenant-general noted... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Abhercrombie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Abhercrombie family to the New World and Oceana
The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Abhercrombie: Hugh Abercrombie who arrived in Charles Town in South Carolina in 1772; John in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1778; Mary in Maryland in 1775; John Abercromby in Jamaica in 1716.
The Abhercrombie 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 Translation: Keep Silence.