Abat History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Abat is an occupational surname for a person who was employed in an Abbot. "Abad" comes from the latin "abbas" and this from the Syrian "abba" meaning "padre" or father. This was the title given to those who had monasteries. 
This noble surname that can be traced back to medieval Spain. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Spain, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Abat family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Abat was an occupational name for a person who worked under the supervision of monks in an Abbot.
Early Origins of the Abat family
The surname Abat was first found in the Basque region of northern Spain. Abadía, named after the town's proximity to an abandoned abbey in the next town, is a small municipality found in the province of Cáceres. The surname Abat is borne by a noble and very ancient lineage of Vizcaya (Basque Country), in the northern part of Spain. The ancestral seat of this family was located in the Gordejuela Valley.
Of note was Juan de la Abadía el Viejo (fl. 1470-1498), a Spanish painter in the gothic Spanish-Flemish style.
Early History of the Abat family
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Abat Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Abad, Abbad, Abade, Abat, Abades, Abadal, Abadía, Abadia, de Abadía, de Abadia, de la Abadía, de la Abadia and many more.
Early Notables of the Abat family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of the family name at this time was Manuel Abad y Queipo (1751-1825), a Spanish Roman Catholic Bishop of Michoacán in the Viceroyalty of New Spain at the time of the Mexican War...
Migration of the Abat family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Domingo Abad de Zurbano, who sailed to America in 1517; Miguel Abad sailed to the Spanish Main in 1534; and Martín Abad sailed to Peru in 1583. Later migrants included Marí.