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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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Where is the Abbott family from?

You can see how Abbott families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Abbott family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Abbott families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,552 Abbott families living in London. This was about 17% of all the recorded Abbott's in the UK. London had the highest population of Abbott families in 1891.
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What did your Abbott ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Abbott. 7% of Abbott men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Abbott women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Abbott were Farmer and Incapacitated.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    7%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Farmer
    2%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    67%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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 Cards

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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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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