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Origins of the Abbott surname

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What does the name Abbott mean?

Abbott is an English surname with two main hypothesised points of origin. It is believed to be patronymic and related to those who are descended from 'Abb', a diminutive form of the given name 'Abraham' or 'Abel'. It has also been thought to be occupational, given to those who are part of the entourage of an abbot, or worked as a lay abbot.

Alternative variations of the name Abbott

Abbott, Abbot, Abbet, Abott, Abbett

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Where do most Abbotts live?

In 1921, most Abbotts lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Abbotts

How common is your surname?

297th most common surname in the UK

We have 141,000 records for the Abbott surname. The oldest one dates back to 1540.

Who were Abbotts most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Abbott first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Abbotts

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Abbotts in 1921


Cotton Weaver




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Common Male occupations for Abbotts in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer




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