Abbrahams History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The chronicle of the name Abbrahams begins with a family in the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland. The name is derived from the name Abraham. The name means chief (or father) of a multitude and exalted father.

Early Origins of the Abbrahams family

The surname Abbrahams was first found in Balfeth, in Scotland, in 1163, where Adam Abraham, Bishop of Dunblain, held extensive lands. Further south in Lancashire, the township of Abram was home to another branch of the family. "This township was originally called Adburgham, and afterwards Abraham, and gave name to an ancient family of landowners, of whom Gilbert de Abram and John Abraham are mentioned in the reigns of Henry IV. and Henry V. There are some ancient seats, among which is Abram Hall, a moated brick mansion existing since the time of Henry VI." [1]

Important Dates for the Abbrahams family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abbrahams research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1672, 1689, 1672 and are included under the topic Early Abbrahams History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Abbrahams Spelling Variations

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Abbrahams has been written Abraham, Abram, Abrams, Abrahams and others.

Early Notables of the Abbrahams family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Abbrahams Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Abbrahams family to Ireland

Some of the Abbrahams family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 82 words (6 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 Abbrahams family

The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Abbrahams: John and Thomas Abram who were among the first settlers in North America, settling in Virginia in 1635 and 1653 respectively; William Abrams settled in Maryland in 1733.

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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