The ancestors of the Abelson family migrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The surname Abelson is based on the given name Hevel,
which means evanescence.
It is also possibly derived from an Old German word which means noble one
. The surname Abelson was also a baptismal name meaning the son of Abel
, and became a popular 13th century name meaning son.
Early Origins of the Abelson family
The surname Abelson was first found in the counties of Kent
. "Abell was also an Essex
family, although branches spread into the counties of Kent
and Derby." CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Abelson family
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Abelson Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Abelson were recorded, including Abell, Abel, Able, Habel, Abeel, Abelson, Abelle, Abele, Ablson, Ebelson, Abill, Abilson, Aball, Abeal, Eblson and many more.
Early Notables of the Abelson family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Abel, the celebrated Scottish singer during the reign of King Charles II; John Abel (1578-1675), an English carpenter and mason, "King's Carpenter", born in Sarnesfield, Herefordshire; William Abell (ca. 1584-1655), an English vintner who became Master of the... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Abelson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Abelson family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Abelson arrived in North America very early: Robert Abel who came in the fleet with Winthrop in 1630 and landed at Weymouth. Robert his son joined the expedition of Sir William Phipps to Quebec in 1690..
Contemporary Notables of the name Abelson (post 1700)
- Philip Abelson (1913-2004), American nuclear physicist who developed a process to produce enriched uranium by liquid thermal diffusion during World War II, the S-50 Project was part of the Manhattan Project, awarded the National Medal of Science in 1987
- Alan Abelson (1925-2013), American financial journalist, writer of the Up and Down Wall Street column in Barron's Magazine
- Robert P. Abelson (1928-2005), American political scientist
- Neva Abelson (1910-2000), American physician
- John Abelson (b. 1939), American biochemist
The Abelson 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: Vive le Roi
Motto Translation: Long life to the King.