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Type Surname (from location)
Usage Scottish
Pronounced Pron. Aber-nath-y  [key]
Other Forms FormsAbernethy, Abernathey

Meaning & History

A different form of Abernethy, which originally meant "person from Abernethy", Perth and Kinross ("confluence of the (river) Nethy"). This was one of the surnames of the Scots who settled in northern Ireland during the ‘plantation’ in the 17th century, and it was brought to the U.S. as the name of a Southern plantation owner.
Added 7/7/2009 by armydad3_8
Edited 2/13/2020 by Mike C, Beautiful Victory, LMS and more