Scotland, the first to use the name Abelbie were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in various places so named in England and Scotland. Appleby is derived from the old Norse apall, or "apple" combined with byr, meaning "farm."
Early Origins of the Abelbie family
Westmorland, where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Appleby from about the year 1250, which later became the county town of Appleby. This town was frequently sacked and plundered and was a favorite target of raids north of the border.
Early History of the Abelbie family
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Abelbie Spelling Variations
hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Abelbie has appeared as Appleby, Applebie, Appilby, Appilbie, Appeley and many more.
Early Notables of the Abelbie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Abelbie family to the New World and Oceana
As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: William Apleby, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Robert Appleby settled in Nova Scotia in 1774; John Appleby settled in Virginia in 1652; William Appleby settled there in 1645.
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