Abernoun History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Abernoun family

The surname Abernoun was first found in Surrey where "this family was early settled at and gave name to Stoke Dabernon. "Branches established themselves in Hampshire and Devonshire: in the last named county the heiress of Dabernon in Bradford, married Dennis, temp. EdwardI., and Joan the heiress of John Dabernon of Dunsland, married John Batten, whose grandson by her, Humphrey Batten, of Dunaland, left an only daughter and heir, Philippa, who married John Arscott, Esq., of Arscott, and was direst ancestor of the Cohams, now of Dunsland." [1]

So conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Debernon held by Roger de Abernon who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. [2] Roger was of the parish of Abernon, canton of Orbec in Calvados. He joined Duke William and became under-tenant of Richard de Tonbridge at Bienfaite in Suffolk and in Surrey at Stoke d'Abernon. His descendents remained there for 300 years. His father or brother Eguerrande de Abernon enjoyed four fees at Stoke Clare in Suffolk. The Viscounts Sidmouth are descended a title which later went to the Addingtons.

Early History of the Abernoun family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abernoun research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 110 and 1100 are included under the topic Early Abernoun History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Abernoun Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Dabbernon, Dabernon, d'Abernon and others.

Early Notables of the Abernoun family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Abernoun family

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Abernoun or a variant listed above: settlers were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled on the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Boston, to Virginia, to Florida, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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