Ann History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ann family

The surname Ann was first found in Yorkshire where "the pedigree begins with Sir William de Anne, Constable of the Castle of Tickhill in the time of Edward II." [1] Hunter states about this family: "it is a single instance of the male line being maintained in its ancient port and rank out of all gentry of the Deanery of Doncaster, summoned to appear before the Heralds in 1584."

The Hanney (Hanny) variant likely arose from East or West Hanney, the latter a parish in the union of Wantage, partly in the hundred of Ock, but chiefly in that of Wantage, Berkshire. Both are ancient Saxon villages dating back to 956 when they were collectively known as Hannige. By the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, they were known as Hannei, meaning "island, or land between streams, frequented by cocks (of wild birds)" from the Old English word "hana" + "eg." [2]

"The church [of West Hanney] is principally of Norman architecture, and contains a monument to Mrs. Elizabeth Bowles, who died at the advanced age of 124 years; likewise several memorials of Knights Templars." [3]

Early History of the Ann family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ann research. Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1307, 1510, 1600, 1394, 1415, 1420, 1487, 1490, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Ann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ann Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ann family name include Anne, Any, Ann, Anny, Annie, Hanne, Hanny, Hanney and others.

Early Notables of the Ann family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Ann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ann migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ann surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Ann Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Ann Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Ann, who landed in New York in 1709 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ann (post 1700) +

  • Kathleen Ann, American Democrat politician, Candidate for South Dakota State House of Representatives 30th District, 2010 [5]
  • Lee Ann Meriwether (b. 1935), American Emmy Award nominated actress and model, Miss America 1955
  • Stanley Ann Dunham (1942-1995), American anthropologist, mother of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States
  • Christine Ann Froude (b. 1947), British retired Anglican priest, Archdeacon of Malmesbury from 2011 and Acting Archdeacon of Bristol, 2013–2018
  • Phyllis Ann George (1949-2020), American businesswoman, actress, and sportscaster, First Lady of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983, Miss America 1971
  • Ms. Ceclily Ann Pearson M.V.O., O.A.M., British former Deputy Official Secretary to the Governor of Queensland, was appointed the Member of the Royal Victorian Order on 8th June 2018 [6]
  • Miss Karen Ann Styles M.B.E., British Warrant Officer Class 2 for the Adjutant General's Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch) was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017
  • Mrs. Lesley Ann Wolfenden L.V.O., British Company Secretary for Business in the Community and The Prince’s Countryside Fund was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order on 17th June 2017
  • Baroness Jennifer Ann Gretton D.C.V.O., D.St.J., J.P., D.L. (b. 1943), born in St Ives, Cornwall, British former Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire was appointed Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order on 17th June 2017
  • Mrs. Sue Ann Tatham B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to the community in Mickleham, Surrey


  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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