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The story of the name Abbey reaches back through Scottish history to the kingdom of Dalriada. The name evolved for a person who worked as a person who was a lay-abbot of a monastery. In the Middle Ages, this was the title held usually by the leading family of the village.

Abbey Early Origins



The surname Abbey was first found in the county of Angus, in the parish of Abbey, and Brechin, and the first record was of Donald Abbe of Brechin in 1178, who witnessed a charter with Turpin, Bishop of Brechin, and later he gifted the lands of Balegillegrand to the Abbey of Arbroath, which grant was confirmed by King William the Lion.

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Abbey Spelling Variations


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Abbey Spelling Variations



Spelling variations are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Many spelling variations of Abbey have been recorded over the years, including Abbey, Aba, Abbe, Abbie, Abey, Abbeys, Aby and others.

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Abbey Early History


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Abbey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abbey research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1219 and 1370 are included under the topic Early Abbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Abbey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Abbey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Abbey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Abbeys to arrive in North America:

Abbey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Abbey, who arrived in Virginia in 1608
  • John Abbey, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Sarah Abbey who settled in Barbados in 1679

Abbey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William D Abbey, who landed in Arkansas in 1880

Abbey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Albert Abbey, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1906
  • Constantine Abbey, aged 35, who emigrated to America from Leeds, England, in 1914
  • Allan Abbey, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Ann Abbey, aged 26, who settled in America from Essex, England, in 1919
  • Alban Abbey, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Abbey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Abbey (post 1700)



  • Sanford Winslow Abbey (b. 1857), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ontario County, 1890, 1910
  • Nelson Abbey, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Clarkston, Michigan, 1871
  • James L. Abbey, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Chester
  • James B. Abbey, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 23rd District, 1942, 1944
  • Henry Abbey, American Democrat politician, Chair of Edwards County Democratic Party, 1950
  • Glenn Allan Abbey (1898-1962), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Johannesburg, 1928-31; U.S. Consul General in Salonika, 1949-51
  • George W. Abbey, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 8th District, 1886
  • Elmer C. Abbey, American Republican politician, Secretary of Colorado Republican Party, 1937
  • Edmund Abbey, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Hartford, 1850
  • Leon Abbey (1900-1975), American jazz violinist and bandleader
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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    The Abbey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Abbey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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