Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived near a grove, or in any of a number of places called Barrow, The surname is derived from the Old English word, bearo, which means grove. As a local name, it could also be derived from a long hill or mound.
Early Origins of the Abbarrough family
Lancashire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Abbarrough family
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Abbarrough Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Abbarrough have been found, including Barrow, Barrough, Barrows and others.
Early Notables of the Abbarrough family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Henry Barrowe (c.1550-1593), English Puritan and Separatist; Isaac Barrow (1630-1677), an English scholar and mathematician who is best known for his early role...
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Migration of the Abbarrough family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Abbarrough, or a variant listed above: Henry Barrow who settled in Virginia in 1652; John Barrow settled in Virginia in 1642; Thomas Barrow settled in Virginia in 1623. In Newfoundland, Petter Barrow was a laborer in St. John's in 1779.
The Abbarrough 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: Parum sufficit
Motto Translation: A little is enough.
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