Abberton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Abberton is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Abberton family lived in Burton which is the "name of no less than forty parishes and places in England."  The name literally means "fortified enclosure" or "fortified farmstead." 
Early Origins of the Abberton family
The surname Abberton was first found in Shropshire where they were descended conjecturally from Drogo de Beuvriere a kinsman of William the Conqueror who held lands at Burton Agnes, Burton Constable and a manor house or castle at Burton Pidsea.
The surname "is derived from Boreton, in the parish of Condover, in Shropshire, an estate which remained in the family until the reign of James I. 'Goiffrid de Bortona' (Burton,) one of the foresters of Shropshire, in the reign of Henry I., is the first recorded ancestor." 
Another branch of the family was found at Dalton in Lancashire in early times. "At the time of the Domesday Survey, the manor was held by a Saxon chief named Gilmichael, and it was afterwards annexed to the manor of Burton; soon after the time of Richard I. it seems to have been granted to the family of Burton." 
"William Burton, the antiquary, and his brother Robert, author of the Anatomy of Melancholy, were natives of [Lindley, Leicestershire], the former born in 1575, and the latter in 1576." 
William of Berton, (fl, 1376), was Chancellor of Oxford in 1380. "Berton's Chancellorship is important because of its connection with the Wycliffite controversy respecting the sacrament which then agitated Oxford. " 
Early History of the Abberton family
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Abberton Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Burton, Birton, Byrton, Burtone and others.
Early Notables of the Abberton family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Burton (died 1661), of Brampton Hall, Westmorland, English MP for Westmorland from 1656 to 1659; Hezekiah Burton (1632-1681), an English theologian; William Burton (1575-1645), an English antiquarian, best known as the author of the...
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Migration of the Abberton family to Ireland
Some of the Abberton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Abberton migration to the United States +
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Abberton or a variant listed above:
Abberton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jane Abberton, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
- Kate Abberton, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1895
Abberton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Thomas Abberton, aged 21, who settled in America from Portumna, in 1900
- Ellie Abberton, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1902
- Mary Ann Abberton, aged 16, who landed in America from Woodford, in 1904
- Patrick Abberton, aged 9, who immigrated to the United States from Portumna, Ireland, in 1907
- Kitty Abberton, aged 20, who settled in America from Woodford, Ireland, in 1920
Contemporary Notables of the name Abberton (post 1700) +
- Sunny Abberton (b. 1973), Australian former professional surfer
- Jai Abberton (b. 1973), Australian former professional surfer
- Koby Abberton (b. 1979), Australian former professional surfer
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The Abberton 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: Lux vitae
Motto Translation: The Light is my guide.
- ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print