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Where did the English Abston family come from? When did the Abston family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Abston family history?

The origins of the Abston name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived near one or more notable aspen trees. The surname Abston is derived from the Old English word ępse, which means aspen. The surname may also be a nickname in jest, for a timid person, referring to the trembling leaves of the tree.


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Abston were recorded, including Apps, Apse, Abbs, Abb, App, Apsey, Epps, Ebbs, Epsey, Epp and many more.

First found in the county of Middlesex in southern England where they held a family seat from very ancient times. During the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, unlike many Saxon families, bearers of this name managed to hold onto much of their holdings and these are recorded in the Domesday Book, [1] a census taken in 1086 by King William of all land holders.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abston research. Another 302 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1307 is included under the topic Early Abston History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Abston family emigrate to North America: Francis Eppes, who was on record in Virginia in 1625 with his three sons; Edward Abbs, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Edmond Apps who settled in Virginia in 1650.



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

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