William Abbott

Brief Life History of William

When William Abbott was born on 21 July 1741, in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Isaac Abbott, was 42 and his mother, Phoebe Lovejoy, was 26. He died on 29 September 1768, in his hometown, at the age of 27, and was buried in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

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Isaac Abbott
Phoebe Lovejoy
Isaac Abbott
Infant Female Abbott
William Abbott
Isaac Abbott
Phebe Abbott
Infant Male Abbott
Sarah Abbott

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  • William Lovejoy in the Massachusetts, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1635

Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English abbod, abbot(t), abbat ‘abbot’ (Old English abbod) or Old French abet ‘priest’. Both the Old English and the Old French term are derived from Late Latin abbas (genitive abbatis) ‘priest’, from Greek abbas, from Aramaic aba ‘father’. The nickname was presumably a joking reference to a person's behaviour. In the US, the English name is also sometimes a translation of a cognate or equivalent European name, e.g. Italian Abate , Spanish Abad , or German Abt .

History: George Abbot from Yorkshire, England, settled in Andover, MA, in 1640; he had numerous prominent descendants. George Abbott (probably not the same man) died in Rowley, MA, in 1647. Another early migrant was James Abbott, who came from Somerset, England, to Long Island, NY, in the 17th century.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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