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Where did the Scottish Angus family come from? What is the Scottish Angus family crest and coat of arms? When did the Angus family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Angus family history?

The clans of the Pictish people in ancient Scotland were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Angus. It was a name for a person with great strength. The surname Angus was originally derived from the Gaelic word Aengus.


In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Angus has appeared Angus, Anguish, Anguis, Angos, Angas, Anegous, Anegos, Enguish and many more.

First found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very early times and they were well established in Strathylif, long before the year 1229 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Angus research. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1297, 1305, 1350, 1358, and 1391 are included under the topic Early Angus History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Angus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Angus family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Angus:

Angus Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel, Robert, William and John Angus who all arrived in New York in 1775
  • Robert Angus who settled in New York in 1776
  • James Angus, who arrived in New York in 1776

Angus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Angus, who landed in America in 1806
  • John Angus, aged 26, landed in New York in 1812
  • David Angus, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812
  • William Angus, who settled in Norfolk, Virginia in 1820
  • Nancy Angus, who landed in New York in 1827

Angus Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

Angus Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thos Angus, aged 33, landed in Canada in 1811

Angus Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • A Angus, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Angus Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Angus, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Henry Angus arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1848
  • F. Angus arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849
  • George French Angus arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Countess of Yarborough" in 1850
  • William Angus, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Olivia"

Angus Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Angus landed in Hokianga, New Zealand in 1839
  • W. Angus arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
  • Alexander Angus, aged 28, a cooper, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • William C. Angus, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875
  • Alexander Angus, aged 33, a farm labourer, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oamaru" in 1878


  • Lance Corporal William Angus (1888-1959), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross for his actions on 12 June 1915 at Givenchy, France
  • Marion Angus (1866-1946), Scottish poet
  • Richard Bladworth Angus (1831-1922), Scottish-Canadian financier, banker and philanthropist
  • Rita Angus (1908-1970), New Zealand painter
  • Mr. Angus H Angus (1893-1914), Canadian Timber Packer from Nova Scotia, Canada who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914
  • Mr. William Charlton Angus (d. 1941), British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking


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: Fortis est veritas
Motto Translation: Truth is strong.



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The Angus Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Angus 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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