Abbeys History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Abbeys comes from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada, where it was used to indicate someone 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.

Early Origins of the Abbeys family

The surname Abbeys was first found in the county of Angus, in the parish of Abbey and Brechin. 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.

Early History of the Abbeys family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abbeys research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1219 and 1370 are included under the topic Early Abbeys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Abbeys Spelling Variations

Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. In various documents Abbeys has been spelled Abbey, Aba, Abbe, Abbie, Abey, Abbeys, Aby and others.

Early Notables of the Abbeys family (pre 1700)

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United States Abbeys migration to the United States +

Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Abbeys, or a variant listed above:

Abbeys Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Abbeys, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • William Abbeys, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [1]
  • William Abbeys, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • William Abbeys, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]
  • Win Abbeys, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [1]


  1. ^ 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)


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