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Origins Available: Irish
The surname Agnew was first found in the Barony of Agneaux, within Normandy
, but has been established in the district of Galloway
(Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway
, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown
(West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East 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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Agnew, Gneive, MacGneive, Aggnew, O'Gnieves, O'Gneeves, Agnewe, Agnev and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Agnew research. Another 179 words (13 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 Agnew History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 203 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Agnew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Agnew 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 were:
Agnew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Andrew Agnew, who landed in Maryland in 1674
- Aud Agnew, who landed in Maryland in 1674
- Ninian Agnew, who landed in Maine in 1676
Agnew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Andrew Agnew, who settled in New England in 1718
- Alexander Agnew, who settled in New York in 1774
- Agnes Agnew, aged 19, landed in New York in 1774
- Alexander Agnew, aged 40, arrived in New York, NY in 1775
- Alexander Agnew, who was on record in New Castle, Delaware in 1789
Agnew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Deckey Agnew, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
- Thomas Agnew, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820
- John Agnew, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
- Robert Agnew, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
- William Agnew, who landed in Mississippi in 1854
Agnew Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- James Agnew, who arrived in Arkansas in 1902
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
- Captain Stair Agnew U.E. born in Virginia, USA, United Empire Loyalist who settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick c. 1783 part of the Queen's Rangers Regiment
Agnew Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- J. B. Agnew arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Mary" in 1838
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
- Elizabeth Agnew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849
- 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
- Paul Agnew (b. 1964), Scottish Baroque singer
- Mr. Thomas W. Agnew (d. 1915), Irish 3rd Class passenger residing in Monessen, Pennsylvania, USA returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Mrs. Agnew (d. 1915), Irish 3rd Class passenger residing in Monessen, Pennsylvania, USA returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Brigadier Donald Robert Agnew (b. 1897), Canadian Director of Imperial War Graves Commission in North-West Europe from 1954 to 1958
- ChloŽ Agnew (b. 1989), Irish singer, youngest member of the Celtic music group Celtic Woman
- Pinky Agnew (b. 1955), New Zealand actor, author, and social commentator
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 impetuMotto Translation:
By wisdom not by rashness.
|Agnew Clan Badge|
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system... MoreSepts of the Distinguished Name Agnew
Aggnew, Agner, Agnev, Agnew, Agnewe, Angnew, D'Agneaux, Gneive, Kneive, MacGneive, MacGnieve, MacKneive, McGneive, McGnieve, McKneive, O'Gneeves, O'Gneive, O'Gnieves and more
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- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
The Agnew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Agnew 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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