The story of the Abbircrombay family begins in ancient Scotland
among the Pictish clans. The Abbircrombay family 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 Abbircrombay family
The surname Abbircrombay 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 Abbircrombay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abbircrombay 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 Abbircrombay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Abbircrombay Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Abbircrombay has appeared Abercrumby, Abircrumby, Abbircummy, Abbircromby, Abircombie, Abircromy, Abircrommbie, Abircromby, Abircrumme, Abircrumbye, Abercrombie, Abercromby, Abyrcrumby, Abyrcrumbie, Abbercrumbie, Abbercrommie, Ebercrombie and many more.
Early Notables of the Abbircrombay 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 Abbircrombay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Abbircrombay family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Abbircrombay name: 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 Abbircrombay 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.