Abtey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1]

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. [2] [3]Another source notes that Robert del Abdy was similarly listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls at that time. [1]

Further north in Scotland, Abdie is a parish, in the district of Cupar, Fifeshire. [4] "The parish, anciently called Lindores, was formerly of much greater extent than at present, including the lands of the parish of Newburgh." [5]

Back in England, 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." [6]

Early records of the name mention Henry de Abde in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, County Lancashire. Robert del Abbay, was documented in 1332, in County Lancashire. [2] William de Mikelfield del Abbay, was recorded during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377) in Somerset. [7] Robert de Abbey of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. George Abbey registered at Magdelen College, Oxford in the year 1594. Robert del Abdy, Johannes del Abdy, et Agnes, uxor ejus, and Johannes del Abdy, et Margareta, uxor ejus, were recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire in 1379. [2]

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...
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Migration of the Abtey family

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.


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  7. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.


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