The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Abbinet family lived in or near the settlement of Abney in Derbyshire.
Early Origins of the Abbinet family
The surname Abbinet was first found in the counties of Derbyshire
, where the family is descended from William D'Aubigny, a companion of Duke William of Normandy
. His son, Nigel, became one of the greatest land owners in England
having Lordships in Buckingham, Leicester, Bedford, Warwick and Derbyshire.
Early History of the Abbinet family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abbinet research.Another 37 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1634, 1727, 1690, 1698, 1640, 1721, 1694, 1676, 1750 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Abbinet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Abbinet Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Abney, Daubney, Daubeney, Daubny, Daubeny, Dabny and others.
Early Notables of the Abbinet family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Edward Abney (ca. 1634-1727), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Leicester Borough (1690 to 1698); and Sir Thomas Abney (1640-1721) from the Derbyshire
branch of the family was Lord Mayor of London in 1694. Mary, Lady Abney... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Abbinet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Abbinet family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Abbinet or a variant listed above: Thomas Dabney who settled in Barbados in 1660; Thomas Abney settled in Maryland 1774; John Dabney landed in New York state in 1820.