Abbott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Abbott is an old Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was a superior of a monastery, an Abbot. The name Abbott may also be a nickname applied to someone who played the part of an abbot in a medieval pageant, or to a person thought to be particularly pious and devout. [1]

Early Origins of the Abbott family

The surname Abbott was first found in the counties of Oxfordshire, Huntingdon, Bedfordshire and Cambridge from very ancient times. The family was in this area before the Norman Conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy in 1066 AD.

Alfwoldus Abbas (1111-1117) is one such example of a man who was a holder of the monasterial office of Abbot. It is also assumed that the name may have been a source of several more surnames at a later date. Walter Abbott was recorded in the year 1200, in the City of London. [1]

Walter Abat was recorded in The Assize Rolls for Yorkshire in 1219. Peter le Abbot (the Abbot) of Essex is documented in the records of the Hornchurch priory, and is also mention of Ralph Abbod in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1272. [2]

The Abbotson and Abotson variants date back to 1200 when Walter Abbottson was recorded in London at that time. [2]

Early History of the Abbott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abbott research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1306, 1577, 1379, 1720, 1720, 1912, 1565, 1642, 1562, 1633, 1612, 1633, 1560, 1617, 1603, 1648, 1588, 1662 and 1623 are included under the topic Early Abbott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Abbott Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Abbott has been recorded under many different variations, including Abbott, Abbot, Abbotts, Abbett, Abbet, Abott and others.

Early Notables of the Abbott family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Maurice or Morris Abbot (1565-1642), was an eminent merchant, Governor of the East India Company, and Lord Mayor of London, the fifth and youngest son of Maurice Abbot, a clothworker of Guildford. George Abbot (1562-1633), Archbishop of Canterbury, the fourth Chancellor of Trinity College, Dublin, between 1612 and 1633. He was one of the translators of the Bible. "His father, Maurice Abbot, was a clothworker of the town. Abbot's parents were staunch Protestants; they had first 'embraced the truth of the Gospel in King Edward's days, and were persecuted for it in...
Another 142 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Abbott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Abbott World Ranking

In the United States, the name Abbott is the 463rd most popular surname with an estimated 62,175 people with that name. [3] However, in Canada, the name Abbott is ranked the 652nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,929 people with that name. [4] And in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Abbott is the 24th popular surname with an estimated 732 people with that name. [5] Australia ranks Abbott as 375th with 9,823 people. [6] New Zealand ranks Abbott as 493rd with 1,382 people. [7] The United Kingdom ranks Abbott as 330th with 18,550 people. [8]

Ireland Migration of the Abbott family to Ireland

Some of the Abbott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Abbott migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Abbott or a variant listed above:

Abbott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Abbott, who emigrated with his three sons and settled in Rowley Massachusetts in 1630
  • Daniel Abbott, who landed in Providence, Rhode Island in 1630 [9]
  • Arthur Abbott, who settled in Marblehead but moved to Ipswich Massachusetts and joined Winthrop in 1634
  • Christopher Abbott, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [9]
  • George Abbott, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1637 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Abbott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Abbott, who landed in New York in 1797 [9]
Abbott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edmund Abbott, aged 16, who landed in Georgia in 1812 [9]
  • A Abbott, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855 [9]
  • William C Abbott, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879 [9]
  • Mr. Alfred Abbott, (b. 1871), aged 22, Cornish labourer traveling aboard the ship "Britannic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 27th February 1893 en route to Montanta, UA [10]
Abbott Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Andrew Abbott, (b. 1866), aged 35, Cornish labourer, from Callington, Cornwall traveling aboard the ship "Majestic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 29th November 1901 en route to Telluride, Colorado, USA [10]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth S. S. Abbott, (b. 1864), aged 40, Cornish housekeeper traveling aboard the ship "St Louis" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 27th March 1904 en route to East Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA [10]
  • Mr. Albert Abbott, (b. 1879), aged 26, Cornish stone mason, from Gunnislake, Cornwall traveling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 2nd Arpil 1905 en route to Barre, Vermont, USA [10]

Canada Abbott migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Abbott Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Abbott Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Margaret Abbott, aged 18 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Jessie" departing 18th April 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th June 1847 but she died on board [12]

Australia Abbott migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Abbott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Abbott, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • Henry Abbott, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • George Abbott, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [15]
  • Benjamin Abbott, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [16]
  • William Abbott, a brewer, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Abbott migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Abbott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Abbott, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Frederick Sedwick Abbott, who landed in Ahuriri, New Zealand in 1840
  • J Abbott, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • Edward M. E. Abbott, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Edward Abbott, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship "London"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Abbott migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [17]
Abbott Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Richard Abbott, (b. 1615), aged 20, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Peter Bonaventure" arriving in Barbados and St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [18]

Contemporary Notables of the name Abbott (post 1700) +

  • Rudy Abbott (1940-2022), American college baseball coach who served as head coach of the Jacksonville State Gamecocks baseball team from 1970 to 2001, TAAC Coach of the Year in 1997
  • Norman Abbott (1922-2016), American television director, nephew of comedian Bud Abbott
  • Margaret Ives Abbott (1878-1955), American Olympian who won gold for individual golf during the 1900 games
  • Shirley "S.L." Abbott (1924-2013), American businessman, rancher, politician, and United States Ambassador to Lesotho
  • William Alexander "Bud" Abbott (1895-1974), American comedic actor, best known for his work with Lou Costello [19]
  • George Francis Abbott (1887-1995), American playwright, producer and director, who received the Pulitzer Prize for "Fiorello" [20]
  • Joseph Carter Abbott (1825-1881), Union general during the American Civil War and a Republican United States Senator from the state of North Carolina between 1868 and 1871 [21]
  • Jacob Abbott (1803-1879), American writer of children's books
  • Alfred N. Abbott, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1928 [22]
  • Alfred J. Abbott (b. 1844), American Republican politician, Member of Dakota Territorial House of Representatives, 1868-69; Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 4th District, 1889-90 [22]
  • ... (Another 148 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Frank Ernest Abbott (1872-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [23]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Kenneth Abbott (b. 1913), English Ordinary Coder serving for the Royal Navy from Leeds, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [24]
  • Mr. Frederick Abbott (b. 1922), Welsh Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Canton, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [24]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Stanley Eric Abbott (1918-1939), born in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England, British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [25]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Ernest Owen Abbott (1891-1912), aged 21, English First Class Lounge Pantry Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [26]
  • Mrs. Rhoda Mary Abbott, (née Hunt), aged 39, American Third Class passenger from East Providence, Rhode Island who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible A [26]
  • Mr. Rossmore Edward Abbott (d. 1912), aged 16, American Third Class passenger from East Providence, Rhode Island who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [26]
  • Mr. Eugene Joseph Abbott (d. 1912), aged 14, American Third Class passenger from East Providence, Rhode Island who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [26]
SS Caribou
  • Mr. Fred J. Abbott (b. 1923), Newfoundland passenger who was Royal Navy from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, he survived the sinking
SS Newfoundland
  • Mr. Arthur Abbott (b. 1899), Newfoundlander from Bonavista, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he survived
  • Mr. Philip Abbott (b. 1873), Newfoundlander from Doting Cove, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he survived
  • Mr. David Abbott (1896-1914), Newfoundlander from Doting Cove, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he died during this time


The Abbott 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: Deo patria amicis
Motto Translation: A friend to God and my country.


Suggested Readings for the name Abbott +

  • The Abbotts of West Virginia by David A. Turner.
  • An Abbott Family: A brief Account of the Antecedents and Descendants of Norman and Martha (Tidwell) Abbott by Ruth Marcum Lind.

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  4. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  5. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  6. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  7. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  8. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  9. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  11. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  12. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 64)
  13. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  14. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  15. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  16. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  17. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  18. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 23rd September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  19. ^ William Abbott. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) William Abbott. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud_Abbott
  20. ^ George Abbott. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) George Abbott. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Abbott
  21. ^ Joseph Abbott. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Joseph Abbott. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Carter_Abbott
  22. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  23. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  24. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  25. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  26. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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