Abbiss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Abbiss date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Abbiss family lived near one or more notable aspen trees. The surname Abbiss is derived from the Old English word æpse, which means aspen. The surname may also be a nickname in jest, for a timid person, referring to the trembling leaves of the tree.

Early Origins of the Abbiss family

The surname Abbiss was first found in the county of Middlesex in southern England where they held a family seat from very ancient times. During the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, unlike many Saxon families, bearers of this name managed to hold onto much of their holdings and these are recorded in the Domesday Book, [1] a census taken in 1086 by King William of all land holders.

Early History of the Abbiss family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abbiss research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1307 is included under the topic Early Abbiss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Abbiss Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Abbiss are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Abbiss include: Apps, Apse, Abbs, Abb, App, Apsey, Epps, Ebbs, Epsey, Epp and many more.

Early Notables of the Abbiss family (pre 1700)

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

United States Abbiss migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Abbiss or a variant listed above:

Abbiss Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alice Maud Abbiss, aged 27, who landed in America from Tipton, England, in 1920
  • Francis Ernest Abbiss, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Tipton, England, in 1920
  • William Abbiss, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1921
  • William H. Abbiss, aged 49, who landed in America, in 1921
  • Nancibette M. E. Abbiss, aged 18, who landed in America from London, England, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Abbiss (post 1700) +

  • Jim Abbiss, British music producer
  • Sir George Abbiss OBE (1884-1966), British police officer in the London Metropolitan Police appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1933 Birthday Honours

The Abbiss 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: In Te Domine Speravi
Motto Translation: In thee, O Lord, I have placed my hope.

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) on Facebook
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