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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ensing, Ensin, Ensign, Ensigne, Insin, Insing and others.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ensign research. Another 289 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Ensign History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Ensign Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ensign Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • James Ensign, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635

Ensign Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • G H Ensign, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Mr. Ensign, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • John Eric Ensign (b. 1958), former United States Senator from Nevada
  • Michael Ensign (b. 1944), American actor
  • Tod Ensign, American veteran's rights lawyer and Director of Citizen Soldier
  • Howard Ensign (1919-2002), American entomologist
  • Sean Ensign (b. 1972), American singer-songwriter


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