Awbrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Awbrey is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Awbrey family 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 Awbrey family

The surname Awbrey 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 Awbrey family

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Awbrey 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 Awbrey were recorded, including Aubrey, Aubry, Aubrie, Aubery, Awbrey, Awbry and others.

Early Notables of the Awbrey 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. 1606-1679); Sir John...
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United States Awbrey migration to the United States +

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, Australia, 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 Awbrey arrived in North America very early:

Awbrey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Alice and Peter Awbrey, who settled in Providence, Rhode Island in 1635
Awbrey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Awbrey, who landed in North America in 1759

West Indies Awbrey migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [1]
Awbrey Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Lewes Awbrey, who settled in St. Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635
  • Mr. Lewes Awbrey, (b. 1605), aged 30, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Matthew" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [2]


The Awbrey 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.


  1. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  2. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 4th 2021, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)


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