The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the St. Aubant family, who lived in Devon
. Their name, however, is a reference to St. Albine de Terregatt, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the St. Aubant family
The surname St. Aubant was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the St. Aubant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our St. Aubant research.Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1684, 1640, 1645, 1687, 1670, 1714, 1702, 1744, 1726 and 1772 are included under the topic Early St. Aubant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
St. Aubant Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name St. Aubant were recorded, including St. Albyn, St. Awbyne, St. Aubyn, St. Alban and many more.
Early Notables of the St. Aubant family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John St. Albyn; John St Aubyn (1613-1684), English politician in the House of Commons (1640), Colonel in the Parliamentary Army in the English Civil War... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early St. Aubant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the St. Aubant family to Ireland
Some of the St. Aubant family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 85 words (6 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 St. Aubant family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name St. Aubant arrived in North America very early: Jonathan St. Alban, who settled in Barbados in 1663; James, David, Edward, John, Michael, Patrick, Thomas, Walter and William Tobin all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870..
The St. Aubant 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: Deus meus, dux meus
Motto Translation: My god is my guide.