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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.
The surname Angus was first found in Fife, where one of the first records of the name was Serlo de Anegus who witnessed a composition anent the tithes of Strathylif in 1229. Other early records include: Eva de Anegos of the county of Forfare who rendered homage in 1296 to King Edward I of England when he briefly conquered Scotland; William de Anegus who was a Scottish prisoner taken at Dunbar Castle in 1297; and Edward de Anegous and Laurence of Angus who were Scottish prisoners taken in the capture of Stirling Castle in 1305. "Michael of Angous, a Scotsman, in 1358, 'was foremost at the last capture of the town of Berwick by the Scots, and leapt over the walls the night it was taken' " 
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Angus research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1297, 1305, 1358, 1350, 1391 and 1955 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 105 words (8 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
Angus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Angus Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Angus Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Angus Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Angus Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Angus Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
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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