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 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]

Early History of the Abbott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abbott research. Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1306, 1577, 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.

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 [3]
  • Arthur Abbott, who settled in Marblehead but moved to Ipswich Massachusetts and joined Winthrop in 1634
  • Christopher Abbott, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • George Abbott, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1637 [3]
  • ... (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 [3]
Abbott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edmund Abbott, aged 16, who landed in Georgia in 1812 [3]
  • A Abbott, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855 [3]
  • William C Abbott, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879 [3]

Canada Abbott migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Abbott Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Abbott, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1706 [4]
  • William Abbott, who was a fisherman of St. John's, Newfoundland c. 1740 [4]
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 [5]

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 [6]
  • Henry Abbott, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • George Abbott, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • Benjamin Abbott, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • 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.)

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
  • William Alexander "Bud" Abbott (1895-1974), American comedic actor, best known for his work with Lou Costello [10]
  • George Francis Abbott (1887-1995), American playwright, producer and director, who received the Pulitzer Prize for "Fiorello" [11]
  • 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 [12]
  • Jacob Abbott (1803-1879), American writer of children's books
  • Alfred N. Abbott, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1928 [13]
  • 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 [13]
  • Adrian O. Abbott (b. 1842), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Lenawee County 3rd District, 1887-90 [13]
  • ... (Another 147 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 [14]
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 [15]
  • 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 [15]
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 [16]
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 [17]
  • 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 [17]
  • 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 [17]
  • 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 [17]


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 +

  • 540 "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.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ William Abbott. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) William Abbott. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud_Abbott
  11. ^ George Abbott. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) George Abbott. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Abbott
  12. ^ Joseph Abbott. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Joseph Abbott. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Carter_Abbott
  13. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  14. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  15. ^ 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
  16. ^ 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
  17. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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