Abraghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the first family to use the name Abraghan lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name Abraghan is derived from the name Abraham. The name means chief (or father) of a multitude and exalted father.

Early Origins of the Abraghan family

The surname Abraghan was first found in Balfeth, in Scotland, in 1163, where Adam Abraham, Bishop of Dunblain, held extensive lands. Further south in Lancashire, the township of Abram was home to another branch of the family. "This township was originally called Adburgham, and afterwards Abraham, and gave name to an ancient family of landowners, of whom Gilbert de Abram and John Abraham are mentioned in the reigns of Henry IV. and Henry V. There are some ancient seats, among which is Abram Hall, a moated brick mansion existing since the time of Henry VI." [1]

Early History of the Abraghan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abraghan research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1672, 1689, 1672 and are included under the topic Early Abraghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Abraghan Spelling Variations

The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Abraghan has been spelled Abraham, Abram, Abrams, Abrahams and others.

Early Notables of the Abraghan family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Abraghan family to Ireland

Some of the Abraghan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 82 words (6 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 Abraghan family

This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Abraghan: John and Thomas Abram who were among the first settlers in North America, settling in Virginia in 1635 and 1653 respectively; William Abrams settled in Maryland in 1733.

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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