Abbott Family History

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Abbott Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from Middle English abbott ‘abbot’ (Old English abbod) or Old French abet ‘priest’. Both the Old English and the Old French term are derived from Late Latin abbas ‘priest’ (genitive abbatis), from Greek abbas, from Aramaic aba ‘father’. This was an occupational name for someone employed in the household of or on the lands of an abbot, and perhaps also a nickname for a sanctimonious person thought to resemble an abbot. In the U.S. this name is also sometimes a translation of a cognate or equivalent European name, e.g. Italian Abate, Spanish Abad, or German Abt.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Bott, Ott, Tabbert, Mabbitt, Bolt, Brott, Boot, Schott, Babbitt

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Abbott Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Abbott name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Abbott. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • France


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Abbott Family Origin

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Abbott Family Occupations

What did your Abbott ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Abbott family was Coal Miner. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Abbott. The most common Abbott occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Abbott's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Abbott ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Abbott Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 561,000 census records available for the last name Abbott. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Abbott census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 56,000 immigration records available for the last name Abbott. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 85,000 military records available for the last name Abbott. For the veterans among your Abbott ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Abbott Life Expectancy

What is the average Abbott lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Abbott life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Abbott in 1941 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Abbott ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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