D'abernon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the D'abernon family
The surname D'abernon was first found in Surrey where "this family was early settled at and gave name to Stoke Dabernon. "Branches established themselves in Hampshire and Devonshire: in the last named county the heiress of Dabernon in Bradford, married Dennis, temp. EdwardI., and Joan the heiress of John Dabernon of Dunsland, married John Batten, whose grandson by her, Humphrey Batten, of Dunaland, left an only daughter and heir, Philippa, who married John Arscott, Esq., of Arscott, and was direst ancestor of the Cohams, now of Dunsland." 
So conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Debernon held by Roger de Abernon who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.  Roger was of the parish of Abernon, canton of Orbec in Calvados. He joined Duke William and became under-tenant of Richard de Tonbridge at Bienfaite in Suffolk and in Surrey at Stoke d'Abernon. His descendents remained there for 300 years. His father or brother Eguerrande de Abernon enjoyed four fees at Stoke Clare in Suffolk. The Viscounts Sidmouth are descended a title which later went to the Addingtons.
Early History of the D'abernon family
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D'abernon 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 Dabbernon, Dabernon, d'Abernon and others.
Early Notables of the D'abernon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the D'abernon family
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 D'abernon or a variant listed above: settlers were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled on the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Boston, to Virginia, to Florida, and to the islands..
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- ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)