Anniss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Anniss are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. 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.

Early Origins of the Anniss family

The surname Anniss 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 Anniss family

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

Anniss Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Anniss has been spelled many different ways, including Anniss, Anness, Arness, Annison, Arnison, Annes and many more.

Early Notables of the Anniss family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Anniss family to Ireland

Some of the Anniss 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.


United States Anniss migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Annisss to arrive in North America:

Anniss Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Anniss, aged 23, who settled there in 1683

Australia Anniss migration to Australia +

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

Anniss Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Arthur Anniss, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies" [1]


  1. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILLIES 1860. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ramillies1860.shtml.


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