Abi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Abi is a name that evolved among the descendants of the people of the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It is a name for a person who worked as 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 Abi family

The surname Abi 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 Abi family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abi research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1219 and 1370 are included under the topic Early Abi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Abi Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Abi has been spelled Abbey, Aba, Abbe, Abbie, Abey, Abbeys, Aby and others.

Early Notables of the Abi family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Abi family

Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Abis to arrive on North American shores: 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 Abi (post 1700) +

  • Mrs. Abi Morgan O.B.E. (b. 1968), born in Cardiff, Wales, British Screenwriter and Playwright, best known for her works in The Hour, The Iron Lady and Shame, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Theatre and Screenwriting [1]
  • Abi Methley, English PhD Student & Trainee Clinical Psychologist at The University of Manchester
  • Abi Olajuwon (b. 1988), American female basketball player


  1. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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