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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.

Abbott Early Origins



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 Duke William 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 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.

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Abbott Spelling Variations


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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.

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Abbott Early History


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Abbott Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abbott research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1306, 1577, 1912, 1562, 1633, 1612 and 1633 are included under the topic Early Abbott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Abbott Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Abbott Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Abbott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Abbott In Ireland


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Abbott In Ireland



Some of the Abbott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 emigrated with his three sons and settled in Rowley Massachusetts in 1630
  • Daniel Abbott, who landed in Providence, Rhode Island in 1630
  • Arthur Abbott settled in Marblehead but moved to Ipswich Massachusetts and joined Winthrop in 1634
  • Christopher Abbott, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • George Abbott, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1637
  • ... (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

Abbott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edmund Abbott, aged 16, landed in Georgia in 1812
  • A Abbott, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • William C Abbott, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879

Abbott Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Abbott, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1706
  • William Abbott, who was a fisherman of St. John's, Newfoundland circa 1740

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
  • Henry Abbott, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Abbott, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Benjamin Abbott, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • William Abbott, a brewer, 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.)

Abbott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Abbott landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Frederick Sedwick Abbott landed in Ahuriri, New Zealand in 1840
  • J Abbott landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • Edward M. E. Abbott arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Edward Abbott 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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Abbott (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Abbott (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Norman F. Abbott, American politician, Village President of Lansing, Illinois; Elected 2009
  • Othman Ali Abbott (1842-1935), American Republican politician, Member of Nebraska State Senate, 1872; Delegate to Nebraska State Constitutional Convention, 1875; Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, 1877-79
  • Othman Ali Abbott Jr. (1874-1954), American politician, Mayor of Grand Island, Nebraska, 1932, 1939-40
  • Phillip J. Abbott (b. 1965), American Republican politician, Bookkeeper; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 18th District, 2002
  • Robert Abbott (1770-1852), American Democrat politician, Treasurer of Michigan Territory, 1813-30; Michigan State Auditor General, 1836-39
  • Robert B. Abbott (b. 1923), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1964; Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1965-67
  • Robin A. Abbott, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Virginia State House of Delegates 93rd District, 2011
  • ... (Another 148 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Abbott Historic Events


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Abbott Historic Events




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 on May 29th 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Kenneth Abbott (b. 1913), English Ordinary Coder serving for the Royal Navy from Leeds, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick Abbott (b. 1922), Welsh Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Canton, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Ernest Owen Abbott (d. 1912), aged 21, English First Class Lounge Pantry Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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Suggested Readings for the name Abbott


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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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Motto


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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.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Abbott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Abbott Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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