Abarms History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The first family to use the name Abarms lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name Abarms is derived from the name Abraham. The name means chief (or father) of a multitude and exalted father.
Early Origins of the Abarms family
The surname Abarms was first found in Balfeth, in Scotland, in 1163, where Adam Abraham, Bishop of Dunblain, held extensive lands. Further south in Lancashire, the township of Abram was home to another branch of the family. "This township was originally called Adburgham, and afterwards Abraham, and gave name to an ancient family of landowners, of whom Gilbert de Abram and John Abraham are mentioned in the reigns of Henry IV. and Henry V. There are some ancient seats, among which is Abram Hall, a moated brick mansion existing since the time of Henry VI." 
Early History of the Abarms family
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Abarms Spelling Variations
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Abarms has appeared Abraham, Abram, Abrams, Abrahams and others.
Early Notables of the Abarms family
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Migration of the Abarms family to Ireland
Some of the Abarms family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Abarms family
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Abarms: John and Thomas Abram who were among the first settlers in North America, settling in Virginia in 1635 and 1653 respectively; William Abrams settled in Maryland in 1733.
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.