Annan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient Scottish name Annan was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in Dumfriesshire at Annan or Annandale.
Early Origins of the Annan family
The surname Annan was first found in Dumfriesshire where the first records of the family were "William de Anand [who] witnessed a grant of two camcates in the fee of Egilfechan to Robert de Brus, 1249, and John de Anand was cleric of William, bishop of Glasgow, 1255." 
"A family of this name, prominent in Angus from at least the thirteenth century, derived their name from the lands of Inyaney or Aneny now called Ananias. In old records the place name appears as Annand, Annane, Annanie, Inyaney, Inieneny, Inyoney, Invanee, Inneane, and Inianey. Adam de Anand, canon of Dunkeld, who witnessed charters by Gamelin, bishop of St. Andrews, between 1255—1271, is perhaps first of the name recorded. He is probably A, de Anand, rector of Monimail, 1269. William de Anaund of Forfarshire rendered homage in 1296." 
Early History of the Annan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Annan research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1249, 1328, 1388, 1389, 1551, 1255, 1328, 1633, 1689, 1633, 1638 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Annan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Annan Spelling Variations
The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Annan has been spelled Annan, Annand, Annandale, Annardale, Annadaill, Annane, Annanie, Inyaney, Innieney, Inyoney, Inyanee, Aneny and many more.
Early Notables of the Annan family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was William Annand, Bishop of Glasgow in 1255; Henry Annand, Sheriff of Clackmannan in 1328, the town of Annan in Dumfriesshire took its name from the Clan; and William Annand (1633-1689), Dean of Edinburgh. Born at Ayr in 1633, "his father, minister of Ayr, was seriously assaulted by the Presbyterian women of Glasgow for...
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Annan migration to the United States +
To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:
Annan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Annan, who landed in New Jersey in 1718 
- Robert Annan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1761 
- David Annan, who arrived in New Jersey in 1776 
Annan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Juan C Annan, aged 28, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 
- J. L. Annan, who arrived in San Francisco, California, in 1850
- W C Annan, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 
- William Annan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1875 with his brother
Annan migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Annan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. William Annan, (b. 1824), aged 25, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "Duchess of Northum" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 15th January 1849 
- Mr. William Annan, (b. 1824), aged 25 , Cornish miner departing from Plymouth on 10th October 1848 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" arriving in Port Phillip, Cornwall, UK on 15th January 1849 
Annan 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:
Annan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. Alexander Annan, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Bruce" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 12th September 1860 
- Miss Jane Annan, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 
Contemporary Notables of the name Annan (post 1700) +
- James Annan, American climatologist
- Daniel Annan, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1888 
- Mrs. Andrew A. Annan, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1924 (alternate), 1936 
- Kofi Atta Annan (1938-2018), Ghanaian diplomat, 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006
- Alyson Regina Annan (b. 1973), Australian Olympic Gold medal winning field hockey player
- Noel Gilroy Annan (1916-2000), Baron Annan, English member of the House of Lords and British academic
- Anthony Annan (b. 1986), Ghanaian international footballer
- Alexander Annan Adams (1908-1990), English Air Vice Marshall during Word War II
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The Annan Motto +
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 Translation: I will hope.
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