name Mabent is derived from the hills and Moors
where a very particular Celtic people, known as the Britons
, thrived. This surname is derived from the Welsh personal name
Mabon, which means a child.
Early Origins of the Mabent family
The surname Mabent was first found in Cornwall
, at St. Mabyn, a parish, in the union of Bodmin, hundred
of Trigg. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Mabent family
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Mabent Spelling Variations
surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh
variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh
surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh
names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations
of particular Welsh
names are very important. The surname Mabent has occasionally been spelled Maben, Mabon, Mabin, Mabben and others.
Early Notables of the Mabent family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mabent family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh
families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Mabent Edward Mabin settled in Virginia in 1623; Andrew Maben arrived in Philadelphia in 1864; another Andrew Mabin arrived in Philadelphia in 1879.