Ables is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Ables comes from the given name Hevel,
which means evanescence.
It is also possibly derived from an Old German word which means noble one
. The surname Ables was also a baptismal name meaning the son of Abel
, and became a popular 13th century name meaning son.
Early Origins of the Ables family
The surname Ables was first found in the counties of Kent
. "Abell was also an Essex
family, although branches spread into the counties of Kent
and Derby." CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Ables family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ables research.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1578, 1675, 1584, 1655, 1667 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Ables History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ables Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Abell, Abel, Able, Habel, Abeel, Abelson, Abelle, Abele, Ablson, Ebelson, Abill, Abilson, Aball, Abeal, Eblson and many more.
Early Notables of the Ables family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Abel, the celebrated Scottish singer during the reign of King Charles II; John Abel (1578-1675), an English carpenter and mason, "King's Carpenter", born in Sarnesfield, Herefordshire; William Abell (ca. 1584-1655), an English vintner who became Master of the... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ables Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ables family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Ables or a variant listed above were:
Ables Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Diedrich Ables, who landed in America, in 1907
- Elie Ables, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
- Henry Ables, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1920
Contemporary Notables of the name Ables (post 1700)
- Harry Terrell Ables (1883-1951), American Major League Baseball pitcher
- Jon St. Ables (1912-1999), Canadian comic book artist inducted into the Joe Shuster Awards Hall of Fame for his contributions to Canadian comics in 2006
The Ables Motto
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: Vive le Roi
Motto Translation: Long life to the King.