Abnet is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Abnet family lived in or near the settlement of Abney in Derbyshire.
Early Origins of the Abnet family
The surname Abnet was first found in the counties of Derbyshire
, 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 Abnet family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abnet research.Another 168 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1634, 1727, 1690, 1698, 1640, 1721, 1694, 1676, 1750 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Abnet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Abnet Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Abney, Daubney, Daubeney, Daubny, Daubeny, Dabny and others.
Early Notables of the Abnet 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... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Abnet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Abnet family to Ireland
Some of the Abnet family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Abnet family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Abnet 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.