Abbey Family History

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Abbey Name Meaning

English: from Middle English abbeye, abbaye (Old French abeie, Late Latin abbatia ‘priest’s house’), applied as a topographic name for someone living in or near an abbey, or an occupational name for someone working in one.

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

Similar surnames: Abney, Abbe, Mabey, Alber, Dabney, Alley, Bey, Aubel, Aube, Aubrey

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Abbey Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Abbey name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Abbey. 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


  • France


  • Norway


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Abbey Family Origin

Where is the Abbey family from?

Abbey Family Occupations

What did your Abbey ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Abbey occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Abbey's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Abbey. A less common occupation for the Abbey family was Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter

  • Laborer


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

Abbey Historical Records

What Abbey family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 55,000 census records available for the last name Abbey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Abbey 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Abbey. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Abbey. For the veterans among your Abbey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Abbey Life Expectancy

What is the average Abbey lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Abbey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Abbey in 1940 was 42, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Abbey 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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