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Where did the English English family come from? What is the English English family crest and coat of arms? When did the English family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the English family history?

The history of the name English begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for a Englishman, so nicknamed for a person from England. The name English comes from the Old English word "Englisc," originally used to describe the Angles as distinct from the Saxons. One document in referrring to a raid in 1541, mentions the attacking party were 'to the number of fifty-two Inglimen. The name was probably used to refer to "Non Welsh" in the border counties in that region, "Non-Celtic Scot" in the Scottish- England borderlands, and "Non-Dane" in the Danelaw regions.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like English are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name English include: Inglis, Inglish, Inglys, English, Englys and others.

First found in Berwickshire, Scotland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our English research. Another 422 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1153, 1171, 1205, 1208, 1269, 1296, 1402, 1452, 1478, 1564, 1630, 1686, 1687, 1689, 1734, and 1816 are included under the topic Early English History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 65 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early English Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the English family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 160 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name English or a variant listed above:

English Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas English, who arrived in Plymouth in 1620 aboard the "Mayflower"
  • Thomas English, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1620
  • Annie English, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Richard English, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • John and Richard English, who settled in Virginia in 1623

English Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Wm English, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Charles English, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Margery English, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Theodosia English, who landed in Virginia in 1714

English Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Isabella English, aged 32, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Alexander English, who arrived in South Carolina in 1803
  • Richard F English, who arrived in Maryland in 1807
  • Edward English, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Mr. English, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822


  • William Hayden English (1822-1896), American Democratic politician, Representative from Indiana (1853-1861)
  • James Edward English (1812-1890), American statesman, Governor of Connecticut and US Senator
  • Thomas Dunn English (1819-1902), American physician
  • Brigadier-General Paul Xavier English (1888-1964), American Assistant Chief of Staff 7th Service Command (1944-1946)
  • CariDee English (b. 1985), American fashion model
  • Joe English (b. 1949), American musician, former drummer for Paul McCartney's band Wings
  • John Cogal "Jack" English (1886-1953), English footballer and manager from Hebburn, County Durham
  • Sir David English (1931-1998), British journalist and newspaper editor
  • Grace English (1891-1956), British painter and etcher
  • Sir Terence Alexander Hawthorne English KBE, FRCS, FRCP (b. 1932), British retired cardiac surgeon and President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 1989 t0 1992



  • English Family History by Nadine English Watson.
  • English-Robertson Families in America by Arthur Leslie Keith.

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The English Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The English Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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