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Where did the Scottish Abis family come from? What is the Scottish Abis family crest and coat of arms? When did the Abis family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Abis family history?

Abis 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.

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

First found in the county of Angus, in the parish of Abbey, and Brechin, and 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abis research. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1219 and 1370 are included under the topic Early Abis History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Abis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Abiss to arrive on North American shores: Sarah Abbey who settled in Barbados in 1679; William Abbeys settled in Virginia in 1638; Thomas Abbeys settled in Virginia in 1637; Thomas Abbe settled in Virginia in 1673.

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  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Abis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Abis Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 23 December 2013 at 12:57.

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