The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Awbynd family lived in Normandy
where it was derived from the ancient English given name Albin
, meaning white.
Early Origins of the Awbynd family
The surname Awbynd was first found in St. Taurin, Evreux, Normandy
, in the year 980, as St. Aubyn. This distinguished name arrived with the Conqueror through Sir John Aubyn, and settled in Barnstaple in Devon
, where he became a patron of Barnstable Abbey. The family were granted many estates and they were recorded under the name Alban in the Domesday Book.
Early History of the Awbynd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Awbynd research.Another 35 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1658, 1560, 1629, 1624, 1696, 1636, 1688, 1690 and 1742 are included under the topic Early Awbynd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Awbynd Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Albone, Allibone, Hallibone, Albin, Allbahn, Alibone, Allbones, Allbone, Alban, Aubyn, Aubyn, Aubin, Auban, Ellibone, Elbin, Ellban, Ellbone and many more.
Early Notables of the Awbynd family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Allibond (1597-1658), Master of Magdalen College School; Peter Allibond (1560-1629), an English translator of theological treatises from the French and Latin; Henry Albin (1624-1696), an English minister from Batcombe, Somerset
who was ejected... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Awbynd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Awbynd family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Awbynd or a variant listed above: Thomas Allibone who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1813; Engel Albin settled in America in 1707.