Abkirk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Scottish name Abkirk is a habitational name derived from a place called Hopekirk near Hawick in Roxburghshire. 
Early Origins of the Abkirk family
The surname Abkirk was first found in Roxburghshire at Hobkirk or Hoepkirk, a parish in the district of Jedburgh.
"On Bonchester Hill are considerable remains of ancient fortifications, of which some are square, and others of circular form, intersected also by lines of more modern construction. This hill, which is admirably adapted for the site of a camp, is supposed to have derived its name from its having been occupied by the Romans for that purpose. Querns, arrow heads, and various other relics of antiquity have been found here. On Rubberslaw and other heights are also traces of camps; and ashes and human bones, and urns, have been frequently discovered. Two cairns were lately removed, which are thought to have been raised over the remains of warriors slain in some battle that occurred near the spot. Mary, Queen of Scots, passed through this parish on her route from Jedburgh to Hermitage Castle, and, near its extremity, was obstructed by a bog, which has been ever since called the 'Queen's Mire.' " 
Early History of the Abkirk family
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Abkirk Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Hobkirk, Habkirk, Hapkirk, Hopkirk and others.
Early Notables of the Abkirk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Abkirk family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James Hobkirk settled in Jamaica in 1774.
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: Spero procedere
Motto Translation: I hope to prosper.
- Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.