The ancestors of the Awberay family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Brecknock, Wales
, where Sir Reginald Aubrey was granted lands in 1088. The name is topographic in origin and indicates that its original bearer once lived in a place planted with elder trees.
The name also may be derived from a batismal name meaning "the son of Aubrey." In this case, the name would have been Albreda
in the feminine form and Aubrey
in the masculine form.
Early Origins of the Awberay family
The surname Awberay was first found in Brecknock in Wales
where Sir Reginald Aubrey was granted lands in 1189. According to historians the first records was of "Saint Aubrey of the blood royal of France".
Early History of the Awberay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Awberay research.Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1273, 1379, 1500, 1529, 1595, 1553, 1559, 1606, 1679, 1650, 1700, 1698, 1700, 1685, 1680, 1743, 1626 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Awberay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Awberay Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Awberay were recorded, including Aubrey, Aubry, Aubrie, Aubery, Awbrey, Awbry and others.
Early Notables of the Awberay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Reginald Aubrey; William Aubrey (ca. 1529-1595), Regius Professor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford from 1553 to 1559, one of the founding Fellows of Jesus College, Oxford; Sir John Aubrey, 1st Baronet
of Llantrithead in the County of Glamorgan (c... Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Awberay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Awberay family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Awberay arrived in North America very early: Andrew Aubrey who purchased land in Virginia in 1714; and by the mid-1800's the Aubrey family occupied territory in North Carolina, and Maryland. F.O. Aubrey settled in San Francisco, Cal. in 1853.
The Awberay 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: Solem fero
Motto Translation: I bear the sun.