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The history of the name English begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for a Englishman, so nicknamed for a person from England. The name English comes from the Old English word "Englisc," originally used to describe the Angles as distinct from the Saxons. One document in referrring to a raid in 1541, mentions the attacking party were 'to the number of fifty-two Inglimen. The name was probably used to refer to "Non Welsh" in the border counties in that region, "Non-Celtic Scot" in the Scottish- England borderlands, and "Non-Dane" in the Danelaw regions.

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The surname English was first found in Berwickshire, Scotland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like English are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name English include: Inglis, Inglish, Inglys, English, Englys and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our English research. Another 422 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1153, 1171, 1205, 1208, 1269, 1296, 1402, 1452, 1478, 1564, 1630, 1686, 1687, 1689, 1734, and 1816 are included under the topic Early English History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Distinguished members of the family include Archibald Inglis (b. circa 1630), an ordained minister, who was Rector of Glasow University from 1686-1689; Sir James Inglis of Cramond, who was created a Baronet in...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early English Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the English family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 160 words (11 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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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name English or a variant listed above:

English Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas English, who arrived in Plymouth in 1620 aboard the "Mayflower"
  • Thomas English, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1620
  • Annie English, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Richard English, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • John and Richard English, who settled in Virginia in 1623
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English Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William English, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Charles English, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Margery English, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Theodosia English, who landed in Virginia in 1714

English Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Isabella English, aged 32, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Alexander English, who arrived in South Carolina in 1803
  • Richard F English, who arrived in Maryland in 1807
  • Edward English, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Mr. English, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822
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English Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John English, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1757
  • Samuel English, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Mr. Andrew English U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [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

English Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jeremiah English, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1811
  • Mary English, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Thomas English, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • Elizabeth English, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • James English, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1837
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English Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William English, aged 48, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • Frances English, aged 40, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • Frances English, aged 9, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • Margaret English, aged 6, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • Jane English, aged 4, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
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English Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. English arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Walter English, aged 20, a bootmaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • John English, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Nicholas English, aged 29, a tailor, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • Margaret English, aged 39, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
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  • Joe English (b. 1949), American musician, former drummer for Paul McCartney's band Wings
  • CariDee English (b. 1985), American fashion model
  • Brigadier-General Paul Xavier English (1888-1964), American Assistant Chief of Staff 7th Service Command (1944-1946)
  • James Edward English (1812-1890), American statesman, Governor of Connecticut and US Senator
  • William Hayden English (1822-1896), American Democratic politician, Representative from Indiana (1853-1861)
  • Thomas Dunn English (1819-1902), American physician
  • John Cogal "Jack" English (1886-1953), English footballer and manager from Hebburn, County Durham
  • Jonathan James "Jon" English (1949-2016), English-born, Australian four-time Mo Award winning singer, songwriter, musician and actor
  • William John English VC (1882-1941), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Nicholas J. English (b. 1962), retired Irish hurling manager and former player
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English Historic Events



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  • English Family History by Nadine English Watson.
  • English-Robertson Families in America by Arthur Leslie Keith.
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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

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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The English Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The English 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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