Annison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the name Annison date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the personal name Agnes, which itself is derived from the Greek name Hagne, which means pure and holy. 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. [1]

The name could have been an occupational name as one source notes it was "the old word for body-armour. Hence Lightharness, and the French Beauhamois, or 'fair harness.'' [2]

Early Origins of the Annison family

The surname Annison was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where the name was found as a forename and surname: Robert filius Harneis, Lincolnshire; John filius Hernici, Lincolnshire; Roger Herneys, Norfolk; John Harneys, Cambridgeshire; and Heme' de Stano, Suffolk. [3]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Robert Arnys; Robertus Arnis; Johanna Ernys; and Robert Hernays. [3]

The name is a "well-known Lincolnshire surname to-day, and found there six centuries ago." [3]

Early History of the Annison family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Annison research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1402 and 1384 are included under the topic Early Annison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Annison 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 Annison include Anniss, Anness, Arness, Annison, Arnison, Annes, Ennis and many more.

Early Notables of the Annison family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Annison family to Ireland

Some of the Annison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Annison migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Annison Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Amy J. Annison, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia" [4]
  • Amy Annison, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Annison (post 1700) +

  • Harold Edward Annison (1895-1957), English bronze medalist freestyle relay swimmer at the 1920 Summer Olympics


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FLORENTIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Florentia.htm


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