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

The tale of the name Albirnyth begins with a family who lived at the place named Abernethy in southeastern Perthshire. The place name is of Pictish origin, meaning "mouth of the river Nethy."

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Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Albirnyth has been spelled Abernethy, Anernethie, Abernathy, Abernathie, Albirnyth, Abirnethie, Abernettie and many more.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times. The Abernethy family appear in ancient records as lay abbots of the Culdee Monastery of Abernethy in Strathearn.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Albirnyth research. Another 423 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1189, 1196, 1296, 1399, 1465 and 1560 are included under the topic Early Albirnyth History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Albirnyth: John Abernathy who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767; William and Anne Abernathy settled in San Francisco, Cal. in 1850; Robert Abernethy arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1871..

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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: In Christo salus
Motto Translation: Salvation is in Christ.

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The Albirnyth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Albirnyth 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 15 March 2012 at 10:01.

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