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Where did the Scottish Aberdeen family come from? What is the Scottish Aberdeen family crest and coat of arms? When did the Aberdeen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Aberdeen family history?

The current generations of the Aberdeen family have inherited a surname that was first used hundreds of years ago by descendants of the ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Aberdeen family lived in the county of Aberdeen (part of the modern Grampian region). One of the first records of the name was John of Aberdene, a merchant of Aberdeen, who was robbed of his shipment of wool while on voyage to St. Omer in 1272. In 1290, Michael de Abirden was granted land in Berwick.


Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Aberdeen has been spelled Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Abirdene, Abirdeen, Aberdein, Abberdene, Abberdeen, Ebirdene and many more.

First found in the county of Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times. Their first record of the development of the surname was when John of Aberdeen, a prominent merchant of that place, shipped a consignment of wool by sea to Omar, in the year 1272.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aberdeen research. Another 102 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1295, and 1399 are included under the topic Early Aberdeen History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Aberdeen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Aberdeen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Aberdeen landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843


  • Alexander Aberdeen, writer, biographer of John Galt


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: Intermerata fides
Motto Translation: Uncorrupted faith.


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The Aberdeen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Aberdeen 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.

This page was last modified on 6 June 2013 at 10:46.

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