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Where did the Scottish Gneive family come from? What is the Scottish Gneive family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gneive family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gneive family history?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Agnew, Gneive, MacGneive, Aggnew, O'Gnieves, O'Gneeves, Agnewe, Agnev and many more.
First found in the Barony of Agneaux, within Normandy, but has been established in the district of Galloway in south western Scotland, from very ancient times. Some have mistakenly considered the Agnews to be of Irish origin, as an Anglicized form of the Irish sept O'Gnivews, but the name is actually of territorial origin, deriving from Agneaux. They are descended from John McDonnell, brother of Angus Oge, Lord of the Isles, his grandson being John MacGneive, who was called in English, Agnew.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gneive research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1628, 1633, 1864, 1893, 1st , 1578, 1661, 1628, 1633, 1643, 1647, 1671, 1644, 1647, 1665, 1667 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Gneive History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gneive Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Gneive family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Andrew Agnew, who settled in New England in 1718; Alexander Agnew, who settled in New York in 1774; and another Alexander Agnew, who was on record in New Castle, Delaware in 1789..
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Consilio non impetu
Motto Translation: By wisdom not by rashness.
The Gneive Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gneive 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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