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The Abbtay name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in or near an abbey. More specifically, the surname Abbtay was originally derived from the settlement of Abdy, a family estate in Yorkshire. The surname also has an occupational origin, and signifies one who was employed at an abbey.

Abbtay Early Origins



The surname Abbtay was first found in Yorkshire, where Robert and Johannes del Abdy were registered in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. Further north, Abdie is a parish, in the district of Cupar, Fifeshire. "The parish, anciently called Lindores, was formerly of much greater extent than at present, including the lands of the parish of Newburgh." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Stapleford Abbot's in Essex was home to another branch of the family. "The fine old mansion of Albyns, the residence of the Abdy family, built by Inigo Jones, is situated here. In the church are also monuments to the family of Abdy; to John, Lord Fortescue, one of the justices of the court of common pleas; and his son Dormer, the last lord." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Abbtay Spelling Variations


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Abbtay Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Abbtay has undergone many spelling variations, including Abdy, Abdie, Abde, Abdey, Abdee, Abdye, Abbdy, Abbdey and many more.

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Abbtay Early History


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Abbtay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abbtay research. Another 369 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1577, 1583, 1600, 1730, 1776, 1791, 1846, 1612, 1686, 1655, 1704, 1688, 1733, 1689, 1750, 1615, 1670, 1643, 1691, 1688, 1748, 1727, 1748, 1620 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Abbtay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Abbtay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Abbtay Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Abdy, 1st Baronet (1612-1686), an English lawyer and landowner; Sir Anthony Abdy, 2nd Baronet (1655-1704), an English landowner; Sir Anthony Thomas Abdy, 3rd Baronet (1688-1733), English lawyer and landowner; Sir William Abdy, 4th Baronet (1689-1750), English...

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Abbtay Notables 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



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Abbtay were among those contributors: Mathew Abdy, who sailed to Virginia in 1635; Nicholas Abdey to Virginia in 1637; Roger Abdy to America in 1640; and John Abdee to Maryland in 1670. Samuel and George Abdy were living in Bruce County, Ontario in 1867..

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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: Tenax et fidelis
Motto Translation: Persevering and faithful.


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

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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The Abbtay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Abbtay 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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