The chronicles of the Apercrombay family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts
. The ancestors of the Apercrombay family lived in Fife
from a place named Abercrombie
(earlier Abarcrumbach), which is of Pictish origin, meaning "a place on the bendy river."
Early Origins of the Apercrombay family
The surname Apercrombay was first found in the county of Fifeshire
(Gaelic: Fìobh), in southeastern Scotland; an ancient Pictish kingdom, known as Fib, and still commonly known as the Kingdom of Fife
. Arguably, the first mention of the Clan
was in the Ulster
Chronicle as one of the clans that King Malcolm Ceanmore took north to quell the claims of MacBeth for the throne of Scotland
in 1057. Today, Abercrombie, or St. Monan's, is a parish, in the district of St. Andrew's.
Early History of the Apercrombay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Apercrombay research.Another 335 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1734, 1801, 1456, 1895, 1603, 1684, 1702, 1734, 1801, 1706, 1781, 1732 and 1775 are included under the topic Early Apercrombay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Apercrombay Spelling Variations
When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred
years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations
every time they were written. Apercrombay has been written Abercrumby, Abircrumby, Abbircummy, Abbircromby, Abircombie, Abircromy, Abircrommbie, Abircromby, Abircrumme, Abircrumbye, Abercrombie, Abercromby, Abyrcrumby, Abyrcrumbie, Abbercrumbie, Abbercrommie, Ebercrombie and many more.
Early Notables of the Apercrombay family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Sir Alexander Abercromby of Birkenbog, 1st Baronet
(c.1603-1684), a Scottish politician; David Abercromby (died c. 1702) Scottish physician and writer; Lieutenant-General Sir Ralph Abercromby (1734-1801), British lieutenant-general noted... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Apercrombay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Apercrombay family to the New World and Oceana
The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Apercrombay: Hugh Abercrombie who arrived in Charles Town in South Carolina in 1772; John in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1778; Mary in Maryland in 1775; John Abercromby in Jamaica in 1716.
The Apercrombay 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 Translation: Keep Silence.