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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
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 (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.
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
Agnew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Agnew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Agnew Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Agnew Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Agnew Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Agnew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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.
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...More
Septs 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.
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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