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  • Unknown 2nd wife Abbott (deceased)
    George1 Abbott, in Mahler, Leslie. The English Origin of George1 Abbott of Rowley, Massachusetts. American Genealogist (D.L. Jacobus). (Jan 2011), 85:27-28. The first wife of George Abbott died in 1633...
  • Capt Abiel Abbott (1726 - 1772)
    Abiel Abbott, a captain in the Connecticut militia, and a farmer. He was named as one of the grantees in the Indian Deed of July 1754 (see page, 272, volume 1 of History of Wilkes-Barre by Oscar Jewe...
  • Abigail Abbott (1669 - 1747)
    Abigail was the 10th of 12 known children born to immigrants John and Mary (Osgood) Lovejoy. She married Nehemiah Abbott on Apr. 9, 1691. They had seven children Their children (from "Gen. Dict. of N...
  • Abigail Elizabeth Bailey (1746 - 1815)
    Abigail's memoirs detailing her abusive marriage to Asa Bailey and eventual divorce were published in 1815.
  • Abigail Abbott (1719 - c.1768)

About the Abbott surname

This ancient surname is generally of early English origins, predating the Anglo-Saxons and Normans. It was usually an occupational name for a person employed by an abbot, or perhaps a nickname for one who was thought to conduct himself like an abbot! It is also possible that in some cases the name may refer to the offspring of an Abbot, however as the clergy were supposed to be celibrate there is an area of doubt. The surname also occurs widely in Scotland where it is either of English origin or a translation of MacNab, which also means 'son of the abbot'. The original spelling was 'abbod', Ralph Abbod being recorded in Somerset in 1272. The patronymic is usually indicated by the suffix 's', and very occasionally as 'Abbotson', Dorothy Abbotson being recorded at St Botolphs Bishopgate, London, on November 11th 1823. The various spellings include such rare forms as Habbett and Labbet. Early recording examples include Walter Abat, in the Assize Court Rolls of Yorkshire in 1219, and Elizabeth Abbet, who married Henry Waterman at the church of St Lawrence Poutney, London, on January 11th 1600. George Abbot (1562 - 1633) was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 1611, whilst Elizabeth Abbitt was recorded as 'living in Virginea, over the river' on February 16th 1623, making her one of America's earliest colonists. The Coat of Arms most associated with the name has the blazon of a red field, a gold chevron between three golden pears. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter Abbot, which was dated circa 1190, in the Danelaw records of Lincolnshire, during the reign of King Richard 1, known as 'Richard the Lionheart', 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.