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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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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...

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 landed in Virginia in 1709
  • Andrew Agnew, who settled in New England in 1718
  • John Agnew, who arrived in Virginia in 1753
  • John Agnew, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1772
  • Andrew Agnew, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
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Agnew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Agnew, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807
  • 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
  • William Agnew, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1851
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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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • 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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Agnew Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • J. B. Agnew arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick 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
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Roy Ewing Agnew (1893-1944), Australian composer and pianist
  • Sir James Wilson Agnew (1815-1901), Irish born, Premier of Tasmania
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Agnew Historic Events



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
  • 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
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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.

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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...

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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.

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Citations



  1. ^ 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
  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

Other References

  1. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  5. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
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