Eby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Eby is a name that evolved among the descendants of the people of the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It is a name for a person who worked as a person who was a lay-abbot of a monastery. In the Middle Ages, this was the title held usually by the leading family of the village.

Early Origins of the Eby family

The surname Eby was first found in the county of Angus, in the parish of Abbey and Brechin. The first record was of Donald Abbe of Brechin in 1178, who witnessed a charter with Turpin, Bishop of Brechin, and later he gifted the lands of Balegillegrand to the Abbey of Arbroath, which grant was confirmed by King William the Lion.

Early History of the Eby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eby research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1219 and 1370 are included under the topic Early Eby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eby Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Eby has been spelled Abbey, Aba, Abbe, Abbie, Abey, Abbeys, Aby and others.

Early Notables of the Eby family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Eby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Eby migration to the United States +

Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Ebys to arrive on North American shores:

Eby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Fredrick Eby, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [1]

Canada Eby migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Eby Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Eby, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Benjamin Eby, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • David Eby, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Samuel, Eby Jr., who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Moses Eby, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Eby (post 1700) +

  • Betsy Eby (b. 1967), American encaustic painter
  • Earl William Eby (1894-1970), American silver medalist athlete at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Paul Eby, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 93rd District, 1998 [2]
  • Milton Eby, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 13th District, 1897-1900 [2]
  • Kristin Eby, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 2004 [2]
  • J. N. Eby, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1854 [2]
  • Helen Eby, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1948 [2]
  • Harry S. Eby, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1956 [2]
  • Elizabeth Eby, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1980 [2]
  • Edward M. Eby, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1916 [2]
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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