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Origins Available: Borderlands
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.
The surname English was first found in Berwickshire
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.
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
Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early English Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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
English Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Wm 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
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
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, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway
- Elizabeth English, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway
- Robert English, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
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
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
- 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
- Mr. Michael English, English Fireman from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- 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
- English Family History by Nadine English Watson.
- English-Robertson Families in America by Arthur Leslie Keith.
- Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- 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.
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- 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.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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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