Show ContentsAbner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Abner family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Abner family lived in or near the settlement of Abney in Derbyshire.

Early Origins of the Abner family

The surname Abner 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 Abner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abner research. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1634, 1727, 1690, 1698, 1640, 1721, 1694, 1676, 1750 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Abner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Abner Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Abner include Abney, Daubney, Daubeney, Daubny, Daubeny, Dabny and others.

Early Notables of the Abner 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...
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Abner Ranking

In the United States, the name Abner is the 4,538th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Abner migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Abners to arrive on North American shores:

Abner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georg Deobalt Abner, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1750 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Abner (post 1700) +

  • Ewart Gladstone "Ewart" Abner Jr. (1923-1997), American record company executive who was President of Motown Records from 1973 to 1975
  • James Buford Abner (1917-2011), American songwriter, musician and singer, inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2002
  • Seth Abner (b. 1995), also known as Scump, an American professional Call of Duty player for the Call of Duty League team OpTic Chicago, owned by NRG Esports
  • Shawn Wesley Abner (b. 1966), American former Major League Baseball outfielder from Hamilton, Ohio who played from 1987 to 1992
  • Douglas Abner (b. 1996), born Douglas Abner Almeida dos Santos, a Brazilian football player
  • Ernest Abner Hartsock (1903-1930), American poet of the 1920s who published three volumes of poetry and served as a Professor of Poetics at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA, suffering from a pernicious anemia, he died at the age of 27
  • Guyle Abner Fielder (b. 1930), retired American-born Canadian professional NHL ice hockey centre
  • William Abner Stanfill (1892-1971), American politician, member of the United States Senate from Kentucky
  • John Abner Race (1914-1983), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives (1965 to 1967)
  • Arnold Abner Newman (1918-2006), award-winning American photographer

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook