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Abney is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Abney family lived in or near the settlement of Abney in Derbyshire.

Abney Early Origins



The surname Abney 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.

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Abney Spelling Variations


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Abney Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Abney, Daubney, Daubeney, Daubny, Daubeny, Dabny and others.

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Abney Early History


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Abney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abney research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1634, 1727, 1690, 1698, 1640, 1721, 1694, 1676, 1750 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Abney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Abney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Abney Early Notables (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 Abney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, travelling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Abney or a variant listed above:

Abney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Abney, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Paul Abney, who arrived in Virginia in 1690

Abney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Abney settled in Maryland 1774

Abney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John R. Abney, who emigrated to America, in 1906
  • Mrs. Abney, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Mary L.P. Abney, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Alice Abney, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States from New Gardnes Surrey, England, in 1920
  • Alice Julia Evelyn Abney, aged 1, who settled in America from Kew Gardens, England, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Abney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Jonas Abney U.E., United Empire Loyalist who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Abney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Abney (post 1700)



  • Lawrence "Larry" Abney (b. 1977), American professional basketball player
  • John Donald "Don" Abney (1923-2000), American jazz pianist and session musician who played for Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and others
  • Derek Allen Abney (b. 1980), American football wide receiver
  • William de Wiveleslie Abney FRS (1843-1920), English astronomer, chemist, and photographer, eponym of the Abney effect

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Suggested Readings for the name Abney


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Suggested Readings for the name Abney



  • In Search of Kate by Charlotte Ann Abney Metzger.

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Abney Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  11. ...

The Abney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Abney Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 13 February 2015 at 18:05.

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