Abnay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Abnay was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Abnay family lived in or near the settlement of Abney in Derbyshire.
Early Origins of the Abnay family
The surname Abnay was first found in the counties of Derbyshire and Norfolk, where the family is descended from William D'Aubigny, a companion of Duke William of Normandy. His son, Nigel, became one of the greatest land owners in England having Lordships in Buckingham, Leicester, Bedford, Warwick and Derbyshire.
Early History of the Abnay family
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Abnay Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Abnay are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Abnay include Abney, Daubney, Daubeney, Daubny, Daubeny, Dabny and others.
Early Notables of the Abnay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Edward Abney (ca. 1634-1727), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Leicester Borough (1690 to 1698); and Sir Thomas Abney (1640-1721) from the Derbyshire branch of the family was Lord Mayor of London in 1694. Mary, Lady Abney...
Migration of the Abnay family
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Abnay, or a variant listed above: Thomas Dabney who settled in Barbados in 1660; Thomas Abney settled in Maryland 1774; John Dabney landed in New York state in 1820.