Abate
Recorded in many spelling forms including the French and English Abba, Abbay, Abbe, Abbate, Abbatt, Labbe, Labbey, Labey, Abade, the Scottish Abbie and Abbe, and the Italian Abbattini, Dell'Abate or Degli Abbati, this most interesting and unusual surname is of Olde French pre 10th century origins. It derives from the word "abet" which usually means a priest, but may have also, particularly in Italy, have referrred to a local chief or an official master of ceremonies. This indicates that several origins are possible, including a nickname for one who was thought to be rather "priestly" in his characteristics, or an occupational or status name for a local chief or official, or that it may be theatrical and a "casting" name for an actor, one who played the part of a priest in the famous travelling theatres of the medieval period. Despite the first recording shown below the name is unlikely, as a hereditary surname, to have originated from an actual abbe or priest. These members of the clergy since the 11th century, have been expected to be unmarried and celibate. Whether they were or not is open to some discussion, particulary as occasionally this surname is recorded as a patronymic or diminutive, indicating the "son of the abbe!". The surname is first recorded in any form anywhere in the world in England in 1177, when Ralph Le Abbe appears in the charters of London during the reign of King Henry 11 (1154 - 1189). Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • abate — /ə bāt/ vb abat·ed, abat·ing [Old French abattre, literally, to knock down, from a , prefix stressing result + battre to beat] vt 1 a: to put an end to or do away with abate a nuisance b: make void: null …   Law dictionary

  • Abate — (geistlicher Titel in Italien und Spanien, Abt) steht für: Carlo Maria Abate (* 1932), italienischer Autorennfahrer Fabio Abate (* 1966), Schweizer Politiker Giovanni Abate (Fußballspieler, 1976) (* 1976), italienischer Fußballspieler Giovanni… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Abate — A*bate ([.a]*b[=a]t ), v. i. [See {Abate}, v. t.] 1. To decrease, or become less in strength or violence; as, pain abates, a storm abates. [1913 Webster] The fury of Glengarry . . . rapidly abated. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. To be defeated, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abate — A*bate ([.a]*b[=a]t ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abated}, p. pr. & vb. n. {Abating}.] [OF. abatre to beat down, F. abattre, LL. abatere; ab or ad + batere, battere (popular form for L. batuere to beat). Cf. {Bate}, {Batter}.] 1. To beat down; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abate — 1 *abolish, extinguish, annihilate Analogous words: end, terminate (see CLOSE): *annul, void, abrogate: cancel, obliterate (see ERASE): *nullify, invalidate Antonyms: perpetuate Contrasted words: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Abate — puede referirse a: Abate: 1. m. Eclesiástico de órdenes menores, y a veces simple tonsurado, que solía vestir traje clerical a la romana. 2. m. Presbítero extranjero, especialmente francés o italiano, y también eclesiástico español que ha… …   Wikipedia Español

  • abate — a‧bate [əˈbeɪt] verb [intransitive, transitive] formal to become less strong or damaging, or to make something do this: • The level of wage settlements has shown no signs of abating in recent months. abatement noun [uncountable] : • the cost of… …   Financial and business terms

  • Abate — may refer to: * A brand name for temefos * ABATE, a motorcycle club * Abate (surname) * AbatementDefinition:to weaken, make less.Synonyms:decrease,nullify,stop,quit …   Wikipedia

  • abate — abate; abate·ment; …   English syllables

  • abate — sustantivo masculino 1. Clérigo francés o italiano o eclesiástico español que ha residido mucho tiempo en Italia o Francia: El abate Marchena es una figura importante de la literatura española. 2. Clérigo cortesano y frívolo del siglo XVIII: En… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • abate — (Del it. abate). 1. m. Eclesiástico de órdenes menores, y a veces simple tonsurado, que solía vestir traje clerical a la romana. 2. Presbítero extranjero, especialmente francés o italiano, y también eclesiástico español que ha residido mucho… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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