Abbirkedor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Abbirkedor is a name whose ancestors lived among the Picts, a tribe in ancient Scotland. The Abbirkedor family lived in the old barony of Aberkirder, in Banffshire.

Early Origins of the Abbirkedor family

The surname Abbirkedor was first found in Banffshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhanbh), former Scottish county located in the northeasterly Grampian region of Scotland, now of divided between the Council Areas of Moray and Aberdeenshire, in the old barony of Aberkirder, where one of the first of the Clan on record was John Aberkirder who rendered homage to King Edward 1st of England, in 1296. [1]

The first Thane of Aberkerder was John de Aberkerder ( fl. 1242.) He is thought to have died c. 1286-1289. His descendant Symon, Thane of Aberberder founded the Chaplainry of St Marnan ("for the souls of his ancestors." ) Symon was succeeded by his daughter daughter, Sybil de Aberkerder, who died prior to 1328. (W. Douglas Simpson, 1931.)

Aberchirder is a village, in the parish of Marnoch, "derived from Sir David Aberkerder, Thane of Aberkerder, who lived about the year 1400, and possessed great property here." [2]

Kinnairdy Castle, 10 miles south of Banff, is the fortress seat of the Celtic Thane of Aberkerder. The tower portion was built about 1420 by Sir Walter Innes, whose father had married Janet de Aberkerder, heiress to the thanage. Her father Sir David Aberkerder, Thane of Aberkerder (fl. 1400) held most of the parish or Aberchirder at that time.

Important Dates for the Abbirkedor family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abbirkedor research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 146 and 1468 are included under the topic Early Abbirkedor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Abbirkedor Spelling Variations

The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Abbirkedor has been spelled Aberkirder, Aberkerdour, Aberchirdour and others.

Early Notables of the Abbirkedor family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Abbirkedor family

The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Abbirkedor: James Aberkirder who settled in Virginia in 1690.

Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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