Angwin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Angwin family

The surname Angwin was first found in Essex and Norfolk where "Osmond and Guy l'Angevin (probably brothers) both appear in Domesday [1]: the former held the manor of Witham in Essex; the latter under the Count de Boulogne in Norfolk. From one or other of these descended William l'Angevin or Angevin, settled at Churchfield in Northamptonshire, who died in 1199, Another William (perhaps his son) in 1250 held, in addition, Waplode in Lincolnshire, and was father of a third William, who left an only child, Margaret, still a minor when her mother died in 1276." [2]

In Norfolk the descendants of Guy l'Angevin, who was Lord of Bereford under Earl Eustace, continued till 1417. His grandson Sir Robert, "wrote himself sometimes de Massingham and sometimes de Thorpe, having lordships in these towns, and held seven fees, with those in Anmere, &c, about the year 1200 of the honour of Bologne." [3]

Early History of the Angwin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Angwin research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1159 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Angwin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Angwin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Angwin have been found, including Angevine, Angevin, Angevile, Angeville, Angevynne, Angevyne Angwin, Angwine, Angwyn, Angwyne, Ankerville, Ankervine, Ankwin, Angervine, Angerwin, L'Angerville, Langerville, Langwin, Langwyne, D'Angerville and many more.

Early Notables of the Angwin family (pre 1700)

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United States Angwin migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Angwin were among those contributors:

Angwin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Angwin, (b. 1859), aged 30, Cornish miner departing from Liverpool aboard the ship "Etruria" arriving in New York, USA on 12 August 1889 [4]
  • Mr. George Angwin, (b. 1864), aged 26, Cornish labourer departing from Liverpool aboard the ship "Etruria" arriving in New York, USA on 24 March 1890 [4]
Angwin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Andrew Angwin, (b. 1883), aged 21, Cornish miner, from travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 8th May 1904 en route to Houghton, Michigan, USA [5]
  • Mr. Francis Angwin, (b. 1875), aged 29, Cornish waggoner, from Penzance, Cornwall travelling aboard the ship "Baltic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 8th July 1904 en route to Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA [5]
  • Mr. John Charles Angwin, (b. 1874), aged 30, Cornish miner, from Penzance, Cornwall travelling aboard the ship "Oceanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 12th October 1904 en route to Colerado, USA [5]
  • Mr. Joseph Angwin, (b. 1875), aged 30, Cornish mason, from Newlyn, Cornwall travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 2nd September 1905 en route to Braddock, Pennsylvania, USA [5]

Australia Angwin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Angwin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Angwin, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"
  • Benjamin Angwin, aged 25, a blacksmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly" [6]

New Zealand Angwin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Angwin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Catherine Angwin, (b. 1851), aged 22, Cornish settler departing on 2nd November 1873 aboard the ship "Isles of the South" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 2nd February 1874 [7]
  • Mr. Richard Angwin, (b. 1850), aged 23, Cornish mason departing on 2nd November 1873 aboard the ship "Isles of the South" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 2nd February 1874 [7]
  • Mr. Marmaduke Angwin, (b. 1877), aged 1 year 6 months, Cornish settler departing on 29th August 1878 aboard the ship "Waitara" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 3rd December 1878 [8]
  • Mrs. Mary A. Angwin, (b. 1855), aged 23, Cornish settler departing on 29th August 1878 aboard the ship "Waitara" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 3rd December 1878 [8]
  • Mr. Richard Angwin, (b. 1850), aged 28, Cornish farm labourer departing on 29th August 1878 aboard the ship "Waitara" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 3rd December 1878 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Angwin (post 1700) +

  • Mike Angwin, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 8th District, 1982; Candidate for Texas State Attorney General, 1998 [9]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 1 of 3
  3. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  6. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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