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Where did the English Abshire family come from? What is the English Abshire family crest and coat of arms? When did the Abshire family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Abshire family history?

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Abshire include Habercham, Habersham, Haberjiam, Haberiam, Habberiam, Habberjam, Habbersham, Habbercham, Habberjiam, Habergham, Hebbergham, Habbershon, Habbijam, Habershon, Habbershon, Habberham, Haberham, Habbishaw, Habbeshaw and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1269 when Matthew Habercham held estates in the shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abshire research. Another 290 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, and 1551 are included under the topic Early Abshire History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Abshire Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Abshire or a variant listed above:

Abshire Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Lewis Abshire, who landed in Virginia in 1637

Abshire Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • David Abshire, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Milton Abshire, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1923

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  • Brian Abshire (b. 1963), American Olympic long-distance runner
  • Nathan Abshire (1913-1981), American Cajun accordion player
  • Robert Abshire (b. 1962), American professional football player
  • David Manker Abshire (1926-2014), American Special Counselor to President Reagan, U.S. Ambassador to NATO (1983-1987)


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The Abshire Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Abshire 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 31 October 2014 at 13:05.

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