Origins Available: English
The name Abbottsmith is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name given to a superior of a monastery, an Abbot. The name Abbottsmith 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.
Early Origins of the Abbottsmith family
The surname Abbottsmith was first found in the counties of Oxfordshire
and Cambridge from very ancient times. The family was in this area before the Norman Conquest
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
Early History of the Abbottsmith family
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Abbottsmith Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Abbottsmith include Abbott, Abbot, Abbotts, Abbett, Abbet, Abott and others.
Early Notables of the Abbottsmith family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Abbottsmith family to Ireland
Some of the Abbottsmith 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.
Migration of the Abbottsmith family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Abbottsmith were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: George Abbot of Andover Massachusetts born in Yorkshire
died at Andover in 1681. George Abbott emigrated with his three sons and settled in Rowley Massachusetts in 1630. Arthur Abbott settled in Marblehead but removed to Ipswich Massachusetts and joined Winthrop in 1634 in the settlement of that town. Francis Abott settled in New York State in 1853. The early migration of the family is covered in the Abbott genealogy written in 1847.
The Abbottsmith 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.