Origins Available: English
tribes of Britain were the first to use the name of Epate. The name had a practical origin since it came from when its initial bearer worked as a superior of a monastery, an Abbot. The name Epate 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 Epate family
The surname Epate was first found in the counties of Oxfordshire
and Cambridge from very ancient times. The family was in this area before the Norman Conquest
by Duke William 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
Early History of the Epate family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Epate research.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1306, 1577, 1912, 1562, 1633, 1612 and 1633 are included under the topic Early Epate History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Epate Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Epate include Abbott, Abbot, Abbotts, Abbett, Abbet, Abott and others.
Early Notables of the Epate family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Epate family to Ireland
Some of the Epate family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Epate family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Epate or a variant listed above: George Abbot of Andover Massachusetts born in Yorkshire
died at Andover in 1681. George Abbott emigrated with his three sons and settled in Rowley Massachusetts in 1630. Arthur Abbott settled in Marblehead but removed to Ipswich Massachusetts and joined Winthrop in 1634 in the settlement of that town. Francis Abott settled in New York State in 1853. The early migration of the family is covered in the Abbott genealogy written in 1847.
The Epate 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.