In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Abb surname lived near one or more notable aspen
trees. The surname Abb is derived from the Old English word æpse,
which means aspen.
The surname may also be a nickname
in jest, for a timid person, referring to the trembling leaves of the tree.
Early Origins of the Abb family
The surname Abb was first found in the county of Middlesex in southern England
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. During the Norman Conquest
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
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a census taken in 1086 by King William of all land holders.
Early History of the Abb family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abb research.Another 302 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1307 is included under the topic Early Abb History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Abb Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Abb are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Abb include: Apps, Apse, Abbs, Abb, App, Apsey, Epps, Ebbs, Epsey, Epp and many more.
Early Notables of the Abb family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Abb family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Abb or a variant listed above:
Abb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Julius Abb, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Abb (post 1700)
- Isidore Abb (1890-1967), American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 9th District, 1927 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, September 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Abb 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: In Te Domine Speravi
Motto Translation: In thee, O Lord, I have placed my hope.