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Origins Available: Borderlands, English

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

The origins of the Inglis surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a Englishman, so nicknamed for a person from England. The name Inglis 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.


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Inglis has been spelled many different ways, including 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 Inglis 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 Inglis History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Inglis 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.


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Ingliss to arrive in North America:

Inglis Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • James Inglis, who was banished to the colonies, arriving in Boston in 1652
  • Patrick Inglis, who arrived in Boston in 1652
  • George Inglis, who arrived in Maryland in 1664
  • Mary Inglis, who landed in Maryland in 1664
  • George Inglis, who came to Maryland in 1664

Inglis Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Inglis, who arrived in Boston in 1746
  • Charles Inglis, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1759
  • Janet Inglis, who arrived in America in 1760

Inglis Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm Inglis, aged 21, arrived in America in 1822
  • David Inglis, who landed in Michigan in 1845
  • James Inglis, who arrived in America in 1850
  • Ann Inglis, who arrived in America in 1850
  • Margaret Inglis, who arrived in America in 1850


  • John Chris Inglis (b. 1954), Deputy Director of the National Security Agency
  • Brian Inglis (b. 1969), German-born, British composer
  • Tracy Russell Inglis (1875-1937), New Zealand medical practitioner, war surgeon, and sports administrator
  • Brian Inglis (1916-1993), British journalist
  • Charles Inglis (1875-1952), British civil engineer and academic
  • Elsie Inglis (1864-1917), innovative Scottish doctor and suffragist
  • Greg Inglis (b. 1987), Australian professional rugby player
  • Sir James Charles Inglis (1851-1911), British civil engineer
  • Mark Joseph Inglis ONZM (b. 1959), New Zealand mountaineer, researcher, winemaker and motivational speaker
  • Anthony Inglis (1813-1884), Scottish journeyman blacksmith, engineer and shipbuilder, co-founder of A & J Inglis, Ltd, a shipbuilding firm in Glasgow in 1862



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The Inglis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Inglis 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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