Ebbett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Ebbett. It was a name given to someone who was a superior of a monastery, an Abbot. The name Ebbett may also be a nickname applied to someone who played the part of an abbot in a medieval pageant, or to a person thought to be particularly pious and devout. 
Early Origins of the Ebbett family
The surname Ebbett was first found in the counties of Oxfordshire, Huntingdon, Bedfordshire and Cambridge from very ancient times. The family was in this area before the Norman Conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy in 1066 AD.
Alfwoldus Abbas (1111-1117,) is one such example of a man who was a holder of the monasterial office of Abbot. It is also assumed that the name may have been a source of several more surnames at a later date.
Walter Abat was recorded in The Assize Rolls for Yorkshire in 1219. Peter le Abbot (the Abbot) of Essex is documented in the records of the Hornchurch priory, and is also mention of Ralph Abbod in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1272. 
Early History of the Ebbett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ebbett research. Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1306, 1577, 1912, 1565, 1642, 1562, 1633, 1612, 1633, 1560, 1617, 1603, 1648, 1588, 1662 and 1623 are included under the topic Early Ebbett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ebbett Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ebbett have been found, including Abbott, Abbot, Abbotts, Abbett, Abbet, Abott and others.
Early Notables of the Ebbett family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Maurice or Morris Abbot (1565-1642), was an eminent merchant, Governor of the East India Company, and Lord Mayor of London, the fifth and youngest son of Maurice Abbot, a clothworker of Guildford.
George Abbot (1562-1633), Archbishop of Canterbury, the fourth Chancellor of Trinity College, Dublin, between 1612 and 1633. He was one of the translators of the Bible. "His father, Maurice Abbot, was a clothworker of the town. Abbot's parents were staunch Protestants; they had first 'embraced the truth of the Gospel in King Edward's days, and were persecuted for it in...
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Migration of the Ebbett family to Ireland
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Ebbett migration to Canada +
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Ebbett, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:
Ebbett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Joseph Ebbett U.E. from Long Island, New York who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 married to Eleanor McCarthy they had 8 children 
Ebbett migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Ebbett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Ebbett, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
- John Ebbett, aged 41, a farmer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
- Jane Ebbett, aged 40, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
- Eliza Ebbett, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
- George Ebbett, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
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The Ebbett 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: Deo patria amicis
Motto Translation: A friend to God and my country.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X