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The saga of the Abernathy family begins among the people of the ancient tribe of the Picts. They lived at the place named Abernethy in southeastern Perthshire. The place name is of Pictish origin, meaning "mouth of the river Nethy." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


Abernathy Early Origins



The surname Abernathy was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland at Abernethy, a parish that " derives its name from Aber, signifying in Gaelic, in conjunction with Nethy, the 'termination of Nethy' which is descriptive of the situation of the church, near the entrance of that river into the Spey." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The Abernethy family appear in ancient records as lay abbots of the Culdee Monastery of Abernethy in Strathearn in the 12th century. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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Abernathy Spelling Variations


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Abernathy Spelling Variations



Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Abernathy has been written Abernethy, Anernethie, Abernathy, Abernathie, Albirnyth, Abirnethie, Abernettie and many more.

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Abernathy Early History


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Abernathy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abernathy research. Another 423 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1189, 1196, 1296, 1399, 1465 and 1560 are included under the topic Early Abernathy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Abernathy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Abernathy Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Abernathy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Abernathy:

Abernathy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Abernathy, who arrived in Connecticut in 1718
  • John Abernathy who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767

Abernathy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William and Anne Abernathy settled in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Florence Abernathy, aged 1, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Lizzie Abernathy, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1896

Abernathy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary Abernathy, aged 28, who settled in America from Co Derry, in 1900
  • Thomas Abernathy, who emigrated to America from Co Derry, in 1900
  • Charlotte Abernathy, aged 35, who emigrated to America from Belfast, in 1904
  • Alfred Abernathy, aged 20, who landed in America from Belfast, in 1905
  • Miss E. Abernathy, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Abernathy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Abernathy (post 1700)



  • Ralph David Abernathy III (1959-2016), American politician and businessman, Member of the Georgia House of Representatives (1988-1992) and State Senate (1992-1998)
  • Michael Brent Abernathy (b. 1977), American Olympic gold medalist Major League Baseball infielder who played from 2001 to 2005
  • William J. Abernathy (1933-1983), American professor at the Harvard University Business School
  • Talmadge Lafayette "Tal" Abernathy (1921-2001), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1942 to 1944
  • Constance Abernathy (1931-1994), American architect from Detroit, Michigan
  • Charles F. Abernathy (b. 1946), American professor at Georgetown University Law Center
  • Anne Abernathy (b. 1953), American luger at the 2006 Winter Olympics
  • Virgil Woodrow "Woody" Abernathy (1915-1994), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1946 to 1947
  • Donzaleigh Abernathy (b. 1957), American actress who won the Tanne Foundation 2012 Artist Award
  • Brent Abernathy (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball player
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: In Christo salus
Motto Translation: Salvation is in Christ.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  6. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
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The Abernathy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Abernathy 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.

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