Abdey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Abdey belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in or near an abbey. More specifically, the surname Abdey 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. 
Early Origins of the Abdey family
The surname Abdey was first found in Yorkshire, where Robert and Johannes del Abdy were registered in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379.  Another source notes that Robert del Abdy was similarly listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls at that time. 
Further north in Scotland, 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." 
Back in England, 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." 
Early records of the name mention Henry de Abde in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, County Lancashire. Robert del Abbay, was documented in 1332, in County Lancashire.  William de Mikelfield del Abbay, was recorded during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377) in Somerset.  Robert de Abbey of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. George Abbey registered at Magdelen College, Oxford in the year 1594. Robert del Abdy, Johannes del Abdy, et Agnes, uxor ejus, and Johannes del Abdy, et Margareta, uxor ejus, were recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire in 1379. 
Early History of the Abdey family
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Abdey 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 Abdey include Abdy, Abdie, Abde, Abdey, Abdee, Abdye, Abbdy, Abbdey and many more.
Early Notables of the Abdey family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Anthony Abdy (1579-1640), East India merchant of London, Sheriff of London (1630-1631); 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...
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Abdey migration to the United States +
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 Abdey were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Abdey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Nicholas Abdey to Virginia in 1637
- Nicholas Abdey, who landed in Virginia in 1637 
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The Abdey 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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