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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.


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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)

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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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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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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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
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  • 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
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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



  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)

Other References

  1. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  8. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. 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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