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Early Origins of the Anne family

The surname Anne 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]

Thomas Hanney or De Hanneye (fl. 1313), is the author of a treatise, 'De quatuor partibus Grammaticæ,' known as the 'Memoriale Iuniorum,' which is extant in two manuscripts in the Bodleian Library. "There appears to be no evidence that the writer was an Englishman, but if he was he may be assumed to have taken his name from Hanney in Berkshire, not far from Wantage, which place is spelled Hanneye in a roll of 8 Edward II." [4]

Early History of the Anne family

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Anne Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Anne include Anne, Any, Ann, Anny, Annie, Hanne, Hanny, Hanney and others.

Early Notables of the Anne family (pre 1700)

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Anne Ranking

In France, the name Anne is the 1,045th most popular surname with an estimated 5,122 people with that name. [5] However, in New Zealand, the name Anne is ranked the 588th most popular surname with an estimated 1,219 people with that name. [6]

United States Anne migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Anne or a variant listed above:

Anne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Christian Anne who arrived in Virginia in 1658
Anne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Anne, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744 [7]
Anne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Anne, who arrived in Arkansas in 1884 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Anne (post 1700) +

  • Laura Anne Ingraham (b. 1964), American radio host, author, and conservative political commentator on Fox News
  • Isobel Anne Gatward BEM (b. 1942), known professionally as Isobel Black, a British actress, daughter of the screenwriter Ian Stuart Black
  • Kristen Anne Bell (b. 1980), American Satellite, People's Choice Award winning actress, known for Frozen (2013), Veronica Mars (2014), Frozen II (2019), PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie (2023) and many more
  • Elizabeth Anne Webby AM FAHA (1942-2023), née Loder, an Australian literary critic, editor and scholar of literature, Chair of Australian Literature at the University of Sydney in 2007
  • Dame Rosemary Anne Horton DNZM QSO QSM (1940-2023), née Moon, a New Zealand philanthropist born in Christchurch
  • Sarah Anne Outhwaite (1983-2016), birth name of Sarah Tait, an Australian rower-a national and world champion, three-time Olympian and Olympic-medal winner, the first mother to represent Australia in rowing at Olympic level, having returned to international competition following the birth of her daughter
  • Julie Anne Peters (1952-2023), American author of young adult fiction who published 20 works, mostly novels, geared toward children and adolescents
  • Margaret Anne Lake (1942-2023), best known by her stage name Mystic Meg, an English astrologer who had a regular astrology column in The Sun and the News of the World
  • Constance Anne Wilson (1927-2023), British food historian, Assistant Librarian in the Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds (1961-1992)
  • Felicity Anne Huntingford FRSE (b. 1948), British aquatic ecologist known for her work in fish behaviour

  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. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. "Most Common Last Names in New Zealand." Forebears,
  7. 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) on Facebook