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Surname enquiry

Postby Mark1973 » Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:50 pm

I was wondering if anyone knows about the origin of Surnames. A few of us have been trying to find out where the name Abrehart may have originated from?

We have the Abreharts listed as living in Edmonton, Middlesex on the 1841 census but only states that they wern't born in the borough and they both died before the 1851 census.
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RE: Surname enquiry

Postby keldon » Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:40 pm


Try this site.

Click on ‘search for a surname’.
Select 1881
Then type in the Surname.

You’ll see where the main grouping of the name ABREHART in 1881.
Looks like South London and West Surrey areas. This is the best one I have seen for being area specific.
History of Essex
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RE: Surname enquiry

Postby Mark1973 » Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:46 pm

Cheers Phil,

I have the Abreharts from 1841 onwards but can't seem to trace 2 of my ancestors that wern't born in the area on the census, the 1851 census states where they were born but they unfortunately died before that census.
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RE: Surname enquiry

Postby familytreejunkie » Sat Nov 03, 2007 1:56 am

I found this:

Surname: Abrehart
This is a very confusing surname. It appears to be of Germanic origins and we have no reason to believe that is not the case, except that as Aberhart, Abrahart and Abrehart, it is not recorded in Germany. It does appear as Aberhamm, Aberhaus, Aberhorn, and others but the nearest would seem to be Abraht which itself may be a fusing of Aber and Hart, two names found anciently in Germany. Aber was an early pre 7th century personal name which may have meant river, whilst Hart is perhaps even earlier, and was also a personal name meaning heart or mind. Aber is first recorded as a surname in 1348 and Hart or Hartel in much the same period. As Abraht the first recording that we have been able to find is that of Theodorous Abraht who married Catharina Beckers at Dusseldorf, Rhineland, on October 8th 1671. The surname is apparently first recorded in England in 1712 with that of Christopher Aberhart at St Botolphs Bishopgate in the city of London, and thereafter is recorded regularly in the varied spellings in the surviving registers of the city of London. [/align]
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RE: Surname enquiry

Postby Mark1973 » Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:06 pm

Thank you for that, most interesting [:)]
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