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One History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The One surname in Scotland is said to derive from the name of the barony of Innes in Moray. As such, the surname belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The place name Innes comes from the Gaelic "inis," meaning "island formed by two branches of a stream."


Early Origins of the One family


The surname One was first found in Morayshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The Clan's progenitor is Berowaldus Flandrensis who, in 1153, obtained from King Malcolm IV a grant of lands in Innes, in the province of Elgin. The original barony was an island formed by two branches of a stream. Berowaldus was supposedly a Fleming of quite high distinction. His grandson, Walter of Innes, had these lands confirmed to him in 1226 by King Alexander II of Scotland.

Early History of the One family


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One Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Innes, Innis, Innice, Inniss and others.

Early Notables of the One family (pre 1700)


Of note in the family at this time was John de Innes (c. 1370-1414), medieval Scottish churchman, received a bachelorate in civil law from the University of Paris by 1396 and in canon law by 1407, pursuing an ecclesiastical career, being Archdeacon of Caithness from 1396 until 1398, and Dean of...
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Migration of the One family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James Innes, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Alexander Innes, who settled in New England in 1651; Gilbert Innes, who came to East New Jersey in 1683.

The One 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: Be Traist
Motto Translation: Be faithful.


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