The Abair surname is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Wolfgang, a popular personal name
during medieval times. This personal name was originally derived from the Old German "wolf" which meant "wolf" and "ganc" meaning "battle."
Early Origins of the Abair family
The surname Abair was first found in the Rhineland
, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century on the surname spread to nearly all parts of Germany
, and was identified with the great social and economic evolution that contributed to the development of the nation. Chronicles mention Nivelung Wolf of Cologne as early as 1135, and Elbel Wolf of Bruenn in Moravia in 1365, showing the gradual eastward movement of the branches.
Early History of the Abair family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abair research.Another 417 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1790, 1856, 1786, 1679, 1754, 1683, 1739, 1759, 1824, 1860 and 1903 are included under the topic Early Abair History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Abair Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Abair include Wolf, Wolff, Wolfen, Wolfe, Wulf and others.
Early Notables of the Abair family (pre 1700)
Notables with the name Abair during this period were Christian Wolff (1679-1754), who was one of the most widely read and influential Philosophers
of the 18th century; Johann Christoph Wolf (1683-1739), a German Christian... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Abair Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Abair family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland
to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland
passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island
, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Abair, or one of its variants above: Paul Wolff, who came to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1691; of the over one hundred
bearers of the name who came to Philadelphia there were Hans Bernard Wolf in 1727.
Contemporary Notables of the name Abair (post 1700)
- Peter J. Abair, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1st District, 2000 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, September 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Abair 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: Virtutis praemium
Motto Translation: Virtues reward.