Show ContentsAngwitch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The people known in ancient Scotland as the Picts were the ancestors of the first to use Angwitch as a name. It was a name for a person with great strength.The name is derived from the Gaelic words Aengus.

Early Origins of the Angwitch family

The surname Angwitch was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire. Little is known of this family's history prior to the 12th century except that they were most likely related to the MacInnes Clan, a name which literally means 'son of Angus' but since this clan's history does not commence before the mid 16th century it is conjectured that the Angus history preceded that date by several centuries. They may be related to the Earls of Angus, a title of the ancient and distinguished family of Umfreville, a title which became extinct about 1290. It is said that the Angus family moved south about 1250 to Norfolk in England.

Early History of the Angwitch family

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Angwitch Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Angwitch has been spelled Anguish, Anguise, Angwish and others.

Early Notables of the Angwitch family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Angwitch family to Ireland

Some of the Angwitch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Angwitch family

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Angwitch: Patrick Anguis, who arrived in Virginia in 1675; as well as Henry Anguish, and Jacob Anguish, who were on record in Canada in 1797.

The Angwitch 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: Latet Anguis in herba
Motto Translation: The snake lurks in the grass. on Facebook