Abbelbie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Abbelbie was first used as a surname in the Scottish/English Borderlands by the Strathclyde-Briton. The first Abbelbie family lived in various places so named in England and Scotland. Appleby is derived from the old Norse apall, or "apple" combined with byr, meaning "farm."
Early Origins of the Abbelbie family
The surname Abbelbie was first found in Westmorland, where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Appleby from about the year 1250, which later became the county town of Appleby. This town was frequently sacked and plundered and was a favorite target of raids north of the border.
Early History of the Abbelbie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abbelbie research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1617, 1407, 1397, 1404, 1488 and 1563 are included under the topic Early Abbelbie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Abbelbie Spelling Variations
Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Abbelbie has been spelled Appleby, Applebie, Appilby, Appilbie, Appeley and many more.
Early Notables of the Abbelbie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Abbelbie family
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them: William Apleby, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Robert Appleby settled in Nova Scotia in 1774; John Appleby settled in Virginia in 1652; William Appleby settled there in 1645.
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