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Early Origins of the Annie family

The surname Annie 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 Annie family

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Annie Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Annie are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Annie include: Anne, Any, Ann, Anny, Annie, Hanne, Hanny, Hanney and others.

Early Notables of the Annie family (pre 1700)

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United States Annie migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Annie or a variant listed above:

Annie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Annie, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Annie (post 1700) +

  • Ettie Annie Rout (1877-1936), Tasmanian-born New Zealand war hero among the French in Paris and the Somme during World War I
  • Flora Annie Steel (1847-1929), English writer from Sudbury, Middlesex who lived in British India for 22 years
  • Sylvi Annie Bratten (b. 1973), Norwegian politician
  • Isabel Annie Aves (1887-1938), née Michaelsen, a New Zealand abortionist
  • Dixie Annie Haygood (1861-1915), née Jarrett, also known as Annie Abbott, an American stage magician
  • Christabel Annie Cockerell (1863-1951), British painter of children, portraits and landscapes
  • Nicola Annie Cassells (b. 1989), Scottish soprano
  • Grace Annie Lockhart (1855-1916), first woman in the British Empire to receive a Bachelor's degree
  • Dame Kathleen Annie Raven (1910-1999), British nurse, matron, and government health official
  • Edna Annie Proulx (b. 1935), American journalist and author, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1994

RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Charlotte Annie, (née Tate) Collyer, aged 31, English Second Class passenger from Bishopstoke, Hampshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 14 [6]

  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
  5. 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)
  6. Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook