Abby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Abby was first used centuries ago in the region that was once the Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It was a name for a person who was a lay-abbot of a monastery. In the Middle Ages, this was the title held usually by the leading family of the village.

Early Origins of the Abby family

The surname Abby was first found in the county of Angus, in the parish of Abbey and Brechin. The first record was of Donald Abbe of Brechin in 1178, who witnessed a charter with Turpin, Bishop of Brechin, and later he gifted the lands of Balegillegrand to the Abbey of Arbroath, which grant was confirmed by King William the Lion.

Early History of the Abby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abby research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1219 and 1370 are included under the topic Early Abby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Abby Spelling Variations

Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Abby has been spelled Abbey, Aba, Abbe, Abbie, Abey, Abbeys, Aby and others.

Early Notables of the Abby family (pre 1700)

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United States Abby migration to the United States +

These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Abby were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Abby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo Abby, who arrived in Virginia in 1634 [1]
  • Jo Abby, aged 22, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Jon Abby, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [1]
  • Jonathan Abby, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [1]
Abby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jane Abby, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Abby (post 1700) +

  • Abby Lynn Crumpton (b. 1981), American soccer forward/defender, member of the United States U-21 National Team
  • Abby Stubbert (b. 1988), Canadian gold and silver medalist Paralympic wheelchair basketball player
  • Abby Kelley Foster (1811-1887), American abolitionist and radical social reformer
  • Abby Leigh Huffstetler, American actress
  • Abby Folsom (d. 1867), American feminist and abolitionist
  • Abby Denson, American artist, comic s creator, illustrator and musician
  • Abby Whiteside (1881-1956), American founder of the piano method The Whiteside Technique
  • Abby Travis (b. 1969), American bassist
  • Abby L. Wilder, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 [2]

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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