In the Scotland
of ancient times, Abey was a name for a person who was a lay-abbot
of a monastery. In the Middle Ages, this was the title held usually by the leading family of the village.
Early Origins of the Abey family
The surname Abey was first found in the county of Angus
, in the parish of Abbey and Brechin. The first record was of Donald Abbe of Brechin in 1178, who witnessed a charter with Turpin, Bishop of Brechin, and later he gifted the lands of Balegillegrand to the Abbey of Arbroath, which grant was confirmed by King William the Lion.
Early History of the Abey family
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Abey Spelling Variations
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations
in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Abey has been spelled Abbey, Aba, Abbe, Abbie, Abey, Abbeys, Aby and others.
Early Notables of the Abey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Abey family to Ireland
Some of the Abey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 54 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Abey family to the New World and Oceana
The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence
, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Abey arrived in North America very early: Sarah Abbey who settled in Barbados in 1679; William Abbeys settled in Virginia in 1638; Thomas Abbeys settled in Virginia in 1637; Thomas Abbe settled in Virginia in 1673.
Contemporary Notables of the name Abey (post 1700)
- Jemima Abey, British actress, best known for her work in the Sky One television series drama Hex (2004), Blackout (2013) and EastEnders (1985)