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Meaning and Origin of: Dabney

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First name origins & meanings:

  • French : From Aubigny, France

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English (of both Norman and Huguenot origin) : altered form of French d’Aubigné, a habitational name for someone from any of the various places in northern France called Aubigny or Aubigné, named with the Romano-Gallic personal name Albinius (a derivative of Latin albus ‘white’; compare Alban and Albin) + the locative suffix -acum.
  • American Dabneys are probably mostly descended from Cornelius Dabney or d’Aubigné, a Huguenot who came to VA in the early 18th century, after a considerable residence in England. Some family historians trace their ancestry to an even earlier American, a Cornelius born about 1650 in King Williams Co., VA.