Agner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Agner family

The surname Agner was first found in the Barony of Agneaux, within Normandy, where "a Marquis d'Agneaux still owns portions of the ancestral fiefs and the Chateau d'Agneaux still overlooks the valley of the Vire. In 1363 the Lochnaw family of the name were appointed hereditary sheriffs of Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh) by King David a and they gradually became great land-owners in the province, holding many estates." [1]

"In 1074 Herbert de Agnellis and Corbin his son sold lands to Odo of Bayeux." [2]

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.

Early History of the Agner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Agner research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1628, 1633, 1864, 1893, 1578, 1661, 1628, 1633, 1643, 1647, 1671, 1644, 1647, 1665, 1667, 1669, 1702, 1685, 1689, 1702, 1660, 1735, 1687, 1771, and 1689 are included under the topic Early Agner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Agner Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Agnew, Gneive, MacGneive, Aggnew, O'Gnieves, O'Gneeves, Agnewe, Agnev and many more.

Early Notables of the Agner family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Sir Andrew Agnew, the famous poet; Sir Patrick Agnew, 1st Baronet (c. 1578-1661), Member of Parliament for Wigtownshire, 1628-1633 and 1643-1647; Sir Andrew Agnew, 2nd Baronet (died 1671), Member of Parliament for Wigtownshire, in 1644, 1647, 1665, 1667 and 1669; Sir Andrew Agnew, 3rd Baronet (died 1702), Member...
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Migration of the Agner family to Ireland

Some of the Agner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Agner migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Agner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Georg Agner, who landed in America in 1832 [3]


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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