The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Abtey come from when the family resided in or near an abbey. More specifically, the surname Abtey was originally derived from the settlement of Abdy, a family estate in Yorkshire
. The surname also has an occupational
origin, and signifies one who was employed at an abbey.
Early Origins of the Abtey family
The surname Abtey was first found in Yorkshire
, where Robert and Johannes del Abdy were registered in the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Further north, Abdie is a parish, in the district of Cupar, Fifeshire
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
"The parish, anciently called Lindores, was formerly of much greater extent than at present, including the lands of the parish of Newburgh." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Stapleford Abbot's in Essex
was home to another branch of the family. "The fine old mansion of Albyns, the residence of the Abdy family, built by Inigo Jones, is situated here. In the church are also monuments to the family of Abdy; to John, Lord Fortescue, one of the justices of the court of common pleas; and his son Dormer, the last lord." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Abtey family
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Abtey Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Abtey has been recorded under many different variations, including Abdy, Abdie, Abde, Abdey, Abdee, Abdye, Abbdy, Abbdey and many more.
Early Notables of the Abtey family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Anthony Abdy (1579-1640), East India merchant of London, Sheriff of London (1630-1631); Sir Thomas Abdy, 1st Baronet
(1612-1686), an English lawyer and landowner; Sir Anthony Abdy, 2nd Baronet
(1655-1704), an English landowner; Sir Anthony Thomas Abdy, 3rd Baronet
(1688-1733), English lawyer and landowner; Sir... Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Abtey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Abtey family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Abtey or a variant listed above: Mathew Abdy, who sailed to Virginia in 1635; Nicholas Abdey to Virginia in 1637; Roger Abdy to America in 1640; and John Abdee to Maryland in 1670. Samuel and George Abdy were living in Bruce County, Ontario in 1867..
The Abtey Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Tenax et fidelis
Motto Translation: Persevering and faithful.