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Origin and Meaning of Abbey

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ab"bey
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  1. A monastery or society of persons of either sex, secluded from the world and devoted to religion and celibacy; also, the monastic building or buildings.
  2. The church of a monastery.
    synonyms: Monastery; convent; nunnery; priory; cloister. See Cloister.

Note: ☞ The men are called monks, and governed by an abbot; the women are called nuns, and governed by an abbess.

Note: In London, the Abbey means Westminster Abbey, and in Scotland, the precincts of the Abbey of Holyrood. The name is also retained for a private residence on the site of an abbey; as, Newstead Abbey, the residence of Lord Byron.

Etymology: OF. abaïe abbaïe, F. abbaye, L. abbatia, fr. abbas abbot. See Abbot

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A monastery ruled by an abbot
  2. A convent ruled by an abbess
  3. A church associated with a monastery or convent
Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the female given name Abigail.
  2. A diminutive of the male given name Albert.
  3. A British surname​.
  4. (London) Westminster Abbey.
  5. (Scotland) The precincts of the Abbey of Holyrood.

Notable Persons Named Abbey

Abbey Lee Kershaw is a model, actress, musician, model (people), and actor. Abbey was born on June 12th, 1987 in Melbourne, Australia. Abbey is also known as Lee and Abbey.

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Abbey Clancy is a model. Abbey was given the name Abigail Marie Clancy on January 10th, 1986 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. Abbey is also known as Clancy, Abigail Marie (birth name); Clancy, and Abigail (alias).

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Abbey Lincoln was a jazz, rock, and roll singer, songwriter, actress, civil rights activist, and activism. She was most active from 1956 to 1956. Abbey was given the name Anna Marie Wooldridge on August 6th, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. She passed away on August 14th, 2010.

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Abbey was born on May 25th, 1992 in Topsfield, Massachusetts.

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Abbey was born on December 3rd, 1996 in Saugus, Santa Clarita, California.

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She holds the title Miss Iowa USA 2008 and Miss Iowa USA2008 (Winner). Abbey was born Abbey Curran on July 28th, 1988 in Kewanee, Illinois, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Abbey

Edward Abbey was a writer. Edward was born on January 29th, 1927 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, U.S. He breathed his last breath on March 14th, 1989.

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Edwin Austin Abbey was an artist. Edwin was born on April 1st, 1852 in Philadelphia. He left this life on August 1st, 1911.

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Lynn Abbey is an author. Lynn was given the name Marilyn Lorraine Abbey on September 18th, 1948 in Peekskill, New York.

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Greg Abbey is a voice actor, voice director, and voice acting. Greg was born on December 15th, 1962.

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He has had major accomplishments since 1983. Graham was given the name Graham Robert Thomson Abbey on March 24th, 1971 in Toronto. Graham is also known as Abbey and Graham Robert Thomson.

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Ben Abbey is a soccer player for the Slough Town F.C., Maidenhead United F.C., Crawley Town F.C., Oxford United F.C., Aldershot Town F.C., Southend United F.C., Stevenage F.C., Woking F.C., Macclesfield Town F.C., Ebbsfleet United F.C., St Albans City F.C., Northwood F.C., and Farnborough F.C. Ben was born on May 13th, 1982 in London, England.

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How popular is the baby name Abbey in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1914 5 0 5
1917 8 8 0
1921 5 5 0
1932 5 5 0
1938 5 5 0
1939 7 7 0
1940 5 0 5
1942 9 9 0
1943 7 7 0
1944 8 8 0
1945 8 8 0
1946 13 7 6
1947 5 5 0
1948 8 8 0
1949 8 8 0
1950 7 7 0
1951 23 16 7
1952 15 15 0
1953 11 11 0
1954 12 12 0
1955 24 24 0
1956 11 11 0
1957 22 22 0
1958 18 18 0
1959 22 22 0
1960 20 20 0
1961 20 20 0
1962 17 17 0
1963 14 14 0
1964 14 14 0
1965 19 19 0
1966 19 19 0
1967 18 18 0
1968 16 16 0
1969 31 31 0
1970 34 34 0
1971 46 46 0
1972 33 33 0
1973 56 56 0
1974 62 62 0
1975 60 60 0
1976 57 57 0
1977 81 81 0
1978 176 176 0
1979 255 255 0
1980 274 274 0
1981 383 383 0
1982 370 370 0
1983 420 420 0
1984 357 357 0
1985 314 314 0
1986 370 370 0
1987 327 327 0
1988 404 404 0
1989 470 470 0
1990 507 507 0
1991 451 451 0
1992 430 430 0
1993 503 503 0
1994 597 597 0
1995 549 549 0
1996 552 552 0
1997 645 645 0
1998 661 661 0
1999 716 710 6
2000 660 660 0
2001 688 688 0
2002 600 600 0
2003 625 625 0
2004 511 505 6
2005 452 452 0
2006 404 404 0
2007 349 349 0
2008 344 344 0
2009 307 307 0
2010 299 299 0
2011 289 289 0
2012 252 252 0
2013 222 222 0
2014 157 157 0
2015 163 163 0
2016 139 139 0
2017 94 94 0

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Popularity of Abbey as a first name

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Popularity of Abbey as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Abbey U.S.
  White 82.19% 64.26%
  African American 11.20% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.26% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.15% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.14% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.06% 16.26%

Of Last Name Abbey

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Fun Facts about the name Abbey

  • How Popular is the name Abbey? Abbey is the 1,823rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Abbey was the 6,574th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Abbey have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 17,174 babies born with the first name Abbey in the United States. That's more than enough people named Abbey to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Abbey? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Abbey first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Abbey is Tuesday, March 14th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Abbey born? The highest recorded use of the first name Abbey was in 1999 with a total of 710 babies.
  • Random Abbey Factoid: According to the 2000 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Abbey ranks 91st in popularity as a baby girl's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 8 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 2000.
  • Weird things about the name Abbey: Your name in reverse order is Yebba. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ybabe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Abbey? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,150 people with the last name Abbey.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Abbey? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Abbey as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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