Epercrombie is a name whose ancestors lived among the Picts
, a tribe in ancient Scotland
. The Epercrombie family lived in Fife
from a place named Abercrombie
(earlier Abarcrumbach), which is of Pictish origin, meaning "a place on the bendy river."
Early Origins of the Epercrombie family
The surname Epercrombie was first found in the county of Fifeshire
(Gaelic: Fìobh), in southeastern Scotland; an ancient Pictish kingdom, known as Fib, and still commonly known as the Kingdom of Fife
. Arguably, the first mention of the Clan
was in the Ulster
Chronicle as one of the clans that King Malcolm Ceanmore took north to quell the claims of MacBeth for the throne of Scotland
in 1057. Today, Abercrombie, or St. Monan's, is a parish, in the district of St. Andrew's.
Early History of the Epercrombie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Epercrombie research.Another 335 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1734, 1801, 1456, 1895, 1603, 1684, 1702, 1734, 1801, 1706, 1781, 1732 and 1775 are included under the topic Early Epercrombie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Epercrombie Spelling Variations
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations
. Epercrombie has been spelled Abercrumby, Abircrumby, Abbircummy, Abbircromby, Abircombie, Abircromy, Abircrommbie, Abircromby, Abircrumme, Abircrumbye, Abercrombie, Abercromby, Abyrcrumby, Abyrcrumbie, Abbercrumbie, Abbercrommie, Ebercrombie and many more.
Early Notables of the Epercrombie family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Sir Alexander Abercromby of Birkenbog, 1st Baronet
(c.1603-1684), a Scottish politician; David Abercromby (died c. 1702) Scottish physician and writer; Lieutenant-General Sir Ralph Abercromby (1734-1801), British lieutenant-general noted... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Epercrombie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Epercrombie family to the New World and Oceana
The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland
. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England
and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence
. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Epercrombie: Hugh Abercrombie who arrived in Charles Town in South Carolina in 1772; John in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1778; Mary in Maryland in 1775; John Abercromby in Jamaica in 1716.
The Epercrombie 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 Translation: Keep Silence.