Agnew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Irish name Agnew comes from the Gaelic "ó Gnimh." The name was written O'Gnive, O'Gnimh, O'Gnyw in English, which, through pronunciation based on spellings became O'Gnew and eventually Agnew.

Early Origins of the Agnew family

The surname Agnew was first found in Antrim (Irish: Aontroim) located in the province of Ulster in present day Northern Ireland, where they arrived as the families of Scottish mercenary soldiers in early times. Their lands were in Larne and also in northern Antrim.

Important Dates for the Agnew family

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Agnew Spelling Variations

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Agnew are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Agnew, O'Gnive, O'Gnew, O'Gneeve and others.

Early Notables of the Agnew family (pre 1700)

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Agnew migration to the United States

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Agnew family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Agnew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andrew Agnew, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [1]
  • Aud Agnew, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [1]
  • Ninian Agnew, who landed in Maine in 1676 [1]
Agnew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andrew Agnew, who landed in Virginia in 1709 [1]
  • Andrew Agnew, who settled in New England in 1718
  • John Agnew, who arrived in Virginia in 1753 [1]
  • John Agnew, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1772 [1]
  • Andrew Agnew, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Agnew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Agnew, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807 [1]
  • Deckey Agnew, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • Thomas Agnew, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820 [1]
  • John Agnew, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • William Agnew, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Agnew Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Agnew, who arrived in Arkansas in 1902 [1]

Agnew migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Agnew Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Reverend John Agnew U.E. born in Parish Suffolk, Vermont, USA, United Empire Loyalist who settled near Fredericton, New Brunswick c. 1783 part of the Queen's Rangers Regiment [2]
  • Captain Stair Agnew U.E. born in Virginia, USA, United Empire Loyalist who settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick c. 1783; member of the Queen's Rangers Regiment [2]
Agnew Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • J. B. Agnew, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Mary" in 1838
  • Ms. Margaret Agnew, aged 30 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Caithness-shire" departing from the port of Belfast, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [3]
  • Mr. Alexander Agnew, aged 4 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Goliah" departing 21st May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 18th July 1847 but he died on board [4]

Agnew migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Agnew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Agnew, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Elizabeth Agnew, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849 [6]

Agnew migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Agnew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Agnew, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Strathfieldsaye" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 29th April 1858 [7]
  • Mr. William Agnew, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [7]
  • Mrs. Janet Agnew, (b. 1828), aged 36, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [8]
  • Mr. James Agnew, (b. 1830), aged 34, British ploughman travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [8]
  • Miss Elizabeth Agnew, (b. 1862), aged 2, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Agnew (post 1700)

  • Harold Melvin Agnew (1921-2013), American physicist and politician, member of New Mexico Senate (1955-1961), and director of Los Alamos National Laboratory 1970-1979
  • Charlie Agnew (1901-1978), American Jazz musician and band-leader
  • Robert Agnew (1899-1983), American film actor
  • David Hayes Agnew (1818-1892), American surgeon in attendance as operating surgeon when President Garfield was fatally wounded by the bullet of an assassin in 1881
  • John W. Agnew, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Sir Andrew Agnew (1793-1849), Irish born peer, 7th Baronet of Lochnaw, and promoter of Sabbatarian legislation [9]
  • Chloë Agnew (b. 1989), Irish singer, youngest member of the Celtic music group Celtic Woman
  • Sir James Wilson Agnew (1815-1901), Irish born, Premier of Tasmania
  • Mr. Peter Stewart Agnew M.B.E.,, British Senior Executive Officer for Ministry of Defence, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for public service [10]
  • Patrick Alexander vans Agnew (1822-1848), Indian civil servant whose murder at Multán by the retainers of Mulráj led to the second Sikh war and to the annexation of the Punjáb as a British province [9]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Agnew family

HMS Royal Oak
  • Clement William Agnew (1923-1939), born in Armadale, West Lothian, Scotland, Scottish Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [11]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Agnew, Irish 3rd Class passenger residing in Monessen, Pennsylvania, USA returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Thomas W. Agnew, Irish 3rd Class passenger residing in Monessen, Pennsylvania, USA returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [12]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 12)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 64)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEBONHEATH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Stebonheath.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 Apr. 2019
  10. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  11. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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