The earliest origins of the name Anglay date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons
. The name is derived from the Old English personal name Angel,
which is derived from the Latin Angelus
and the Greek Angelos,
which means a messenger.
The personal name also appeared in the feminine forms of Angela
Early Origins of the Anglay family
The surname Anglay was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very early times, some say before the Norman Conquest
by Duke William in 1066 A.D. It is likely that this name originated in one of the conquering families of Angles who settled in Lancashire
after the conquest of the Strathclyde Britons
. The name was written in early records as Anglicus, but the name was carried from England
to France as D'Anglars.
Early History of the Anglay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Anglay research.Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1694, 1636, 1655 and 1610 are included under the topic Early Anglay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Anglay Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Anglay include Angell, Angel, Angle, Anegall, Anegal, Anegoll and others.
Early Notables of the Anglay family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Charles Frederick Angell, Camberwell in Surrey; Thomas Angell (c.1618-1694), English settler, one of the four men who wintered with Roger Williams at Seekonk, Plymouth Colony, in early 1636, and then... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Anglay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Anglay family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Anglay or a variant listed above: John Angell of England
who settled in Rhode Island in 1631. In Newfoundland, Samuel Angell who settled in Petty Harbourin 1725; Samuel Angel was a fisherman of St. John's in 1790.
The Anglay 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: Stare super vias antiquas
Motto Translation: I stand in the track of my ancestors.