Abnett is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Abnett family lived in or near the settlement of Abney in Derbyshire.
Early Origins of the Abnett family
The surname Abnett 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 Abnett family
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Abnett Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Abnett has been recorded under many different variations, including Abney, Daubney, Daubeney, Daubny, Daubeny, Dabny and others.
Early Notables of the Abnett 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 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Abnett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Abnett family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Abnetts were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Thomas Dabney who settled in Barbados in 1660; Thomas Abney settled in Maryland 1774; John Dabney landed in New York state in 1820.
Contemporary Notables of the name Abnett (post 1700)
- Dan Abnett (b. 1965), British comic book writer and novelist; he worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, his graphic novels hav sold over 1,150,000 copies as of May 2008
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