Annas is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the personal name Agnes,
which itself is derived from the Greek name Hagne,
which means pure
The name was also used in the Latin phrase Agnus Dei,
which means lamb of God.
The personal name Agnes was popularized by devotees, the early Christian martyr, Saint Agnes.
Early Origins of the Annas family
The surname Annas was first found in the English midlands county of Nottinghamshire
from very ancient times, where the family name held vast estates and were an important contribution to the early life and times of the county. They are recorded in the Domesday Book
as holding lands and manors. The Domesday Book
was compiled by Duke William in the year 1086 A.D.
Early History of the Annas family
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Annas Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Annas has undergone many spelling variations
, including Anniss, Anness, Arness, Annison, Arnison, Annes and many more.
Early Notables of the Annas family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Annas family to Ireland
Some of the Annas family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Annas family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. 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 Annas were among those contributors: William Annis, who settled in Virginia in 1639; Thomas Anniss, aged 23, who settled there in 1683; as well as William Arness, who arrived at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1685..
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