The saga of the Abbircombie family begins among the people of the ancient tribe of the Picts
. They lived in Fife
from a place named Abercrombie
(earlier Abarcrumbach), which is of Pictish origin, meaning "a place on the bendy river."
Early Origins of the Abbircombie family
The surname Abbircombie was first found in the county of Fifeshire
(Gaelic: Fìobh), in southeastern Scotland; an ancient Pictish kingdom, known as Fib, and still commonly known as the Kingdom of Fife
. Arguably, the first mention of the Clan
was in the Ulster
Chronicle as one of the clans that King Malcolm Ceanmore took north to quell the claims of MacBeth for the throne of Scotland
in 1057. Today, Abercrombie, or St. Monan's, is a parish, in the district of St. Andrew's.
Early History of the Abbircombie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abbircombie research.Another 335 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1734, 1801, 1456, 1895, 1603, 1684, 1702, 1734, 1801, 1706, 1781, 1732 and 1775 are included under the topic Early Abbircombie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Abbircombie Spelling Variations
Although Medieval Scotland
lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations
of Scottish single names. Abbircombie has been written Abercrumby, Abircrumby, Abbircummy, Abbircromby, Abircombie, Abircromy, Abircrommbie, Abircromby, Abircrumme, Abircrumbye, Abercrombie, Abercromby, Abyrcrumby, Abyrcrumbie, Abbercrumbie, Abbercrommie, Ebercrombie and many more.
Early Notables of the Abbircombie family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Sir Alexander Abercromby of Birkenbog, 1st Baronet
(c.1603-1684), a Scottish politician; David Abercromby (died c. 1702) Scottish physician and writer; Lieutenant-General Sir Ralph Abercromby (1734-1801), British lieutenant-general noted... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Abbircombie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Abbircombie family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland
, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan
societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Abbircombie: Hugh Abercrombie who arrived in Charles Town in South Carolina in 1772; John in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1778; Mary in Maryland in 1775; John Abercromby in Jamaica in 1716.
The Abbircombie 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 Translation: Keep Silence.