Crest Meaning: Abercromby

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The Abercromby surname comes from the place in Fife. Here we have a falcon and the Latin motto 'Petit Alta'.



The meaning behind this is nice and straightforward: the Falcon is a reference to Alexander Abercromby of Birkenbog, who lived from 1584 to 1666. He was 'Grand Falconer of Scotland' appointed by King Charles I. The motto plays on this, it literally means 'he/she/it seeks/strives for the lofty/high [things]'. No obvious origin for the Latin there - just riffing on things flying.


For Alexander Abercromby, see Alistair and Henrietta Tayler, eds, The Valuation of the County of Aberdeen for the Year 1667, Aberdeen, Third Spalding Club, 1933, p.122.


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